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Raiders frozen out again

February 24, 2019

It’s been 15 days since the Central Community College Women’s basketball team have taken the court, and 10 days for the men.

Weather in the Midwest has made life difficult for the Raiders. The teams have dealt with postponements and cancellation of games.

The inclement weather has come at especially poor timing for CCC, as both teams seemed to be finding momentum in recent performances.

“It has created a lot of difficulties,” said CCC men’s head coach Jerry Drymon. “We can’t create rhythm without playing. It has just been a difficult season with all the injuries and now the weather to get going in the right direction.”

The women had won four out of five dating back to Jan. 29.

“The team has done a good job playing together and really investing a lot of energy on the defensive end,” said CCC women’s head coach Billy Perkins. “In the last few games, we have done a good job communicating on the court and working together. (I’m) very proud of how they have come together and competed.”

So far on the season, the men have gone 9-15 while the women have a record of 9-13.

Having games canceled also has had a negative effect on practice.

“Unfortunately we do game prep and then it gets canceled,” Drymon said. “We have spent a lot of time working on shooting and rebounding.”

Perkins said the women’s team has dealt with similar issues.

“We have had to try and change things up in practice but most important is trying to keep out conditioning up and continue to get shots up,” he said.

The weather struck its ugly head once again on Friday. Both CCC teams were scheduled to play Southeast Community College on Saturday, but with poor weather coming, plans had to be changed once again.

The games were postponed until Monday, and games against McCook scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.

The women’s game will start at 5 p.m. and the men’s at 7 p.m.

When the games against SCC happen, weather permitting, it won’t be the first meeting with the Raiders.

The men lost the previous meeting 85-65 on Feb. 2 and the women won 66-55.

The men will have to find a way to be 20 points better in the rematch if they hope to win.

“It is really hard to say how different we are because of having so few of games,” Drymon said. “Some of the things we have wanted to get better at haven’t happened yet due to lack of games. We are working on a few things that will hopefully allow us to get better.”

Perkins, on the other hand, hopes the previous victory helps give the Raiders momentum headed into the rematch.

“Hopefully, beating Southeast at their place gave us some confidence to win again,” he said. “Southeast is a hard place to play and they have a good team and to come up a win should be some excitement to when we play them again.”

With this being the first game in a while, rust could be an issue for the Raiders. Perkins said that getting a hot start will be essential for the Raiders.

“The first few minutes of the game back will be very crucial for us because we will need to catch our wind early to get back into the playing shape we were in before,” he said.

The game against SCC will be the regular-season finale for both squads. After that, both teams will compete in the Region IX playoffs.

As of now, the men’s team is expected to play at 1 p.m. on Mar. 2. The women’s team is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Mar. 4 at Raider Field House at CCC.

“We approach the playoffs just like any game,” Drymon said. “It is about scouting and trying to match our strengths against their weaknesses.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com