Hoop Scoop: CCC men snap skid

January 31, 2019

Central Community College-Columbus men’s basketball snapped a three-game skid on Tuesday and improved its win total to 16 with a 119-87 thrashing in York over the York JV.

The Raiders built a 21-point halftime lead and were never seriously challenged after thanks to an effective offensive night from Latrell Talley and Nathan Frost.

Both scored 27 points while combining to shoot 21 of 31 from the field. Both also had double-doubles. Frost grabbed 21 rebounds while Talley had 16.

“Anytime you can find a win it helps you psychologically. Makes coming back to practice easier. We have struggled with our shooting, so hopefully this will boos our confidence as we head into a tough stretch,” coach Jerry Drymon said in comments sent to The Telegram.

“Both (Talley and Frost) posted up well. They also hit the offensive boards hard and got quite a few putbacks.”

Talley and Frost were beset by injuries early in the season and have only been together on the court for about a third of CCC’s schedule. That goes for the team at large as well.

Injuries have been a constant frustration.

″(Tuesday night) was the first time we have been able to suite everyone up. I think we are still searching a little to understand the roles each guy has to play for us to be successful,” Drymon said. “If we can keep everyone healthy, we have three weeks to get this defined before the playoffs start.”

SEWARD 62, LAKEVIEW GIRLS 39: The Lady Vikes struggled to get on track offensively against the No. 4 team in Class B and suffered their fourth loss in the last five games.

The Bluejays have three players 5-10 or taller and used that height to its advantage.

“We were unable to take away Seward’s big post presence effectively. We were in position, but the size difference allowed them to lob over the top consistently,” coach Monte Jones said in comments.

“When we adjusted, they were able to hit five first-half 3-pointers. I thought we fought hard and attacked them well, so it will be a helpful experience for us as the season winds down.”

SEWARD 52, LAKEVIEW BOYS 41: Class B No. 6 Seward has five wins over 20 points or more in a 14-3 season, and, though Lakeview played the Bluejays to within 11 points, that was little consolation to the Vikings who were more frustrated about their slow start then putting together a respectable performance.

“We aren’t satisfied with just being close or moral victories, but the effort and the way we competed was very encouraging,” coach Tyler Colvin said in comments. “I thought we played with a tough mindset defensively and on the boards. Offensively, we did some nice things once we settled in and got adjusted to their size and length.

HUMPHREY ST. FRANCIS GIRLS 54, CENTRAL VALLEY 29: Allison Weidner scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the No. 1 Flyers improved to 17-3 while winning their fifth straight since a two-game skid.

“I think we have picked up our ball pressure and bit and our overall aggressiveness. (Since the losses) I think we have become more focused on our overall game,” coach Bryan Reichmuth said in comments. “We want to continue to climb the ladder and get better. We have three very tough opponents before us in the next 10 days.”

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