Raider men overcome slow start, grab third win
Central Community College-Columbus men’s basketball picked up its third win of the season and its second in a row with a 62-60 win Monday night over the Doane College JV.
The Raiders took down the Tigers to improve to 3-8 after defeating the Nebraska Wesleyan JV 91-84 on Thursday.
CCC sent Doane to the line with one second remaining in the game for a 1-and-1 opportunity but the Tigers missed the front end and the Raiders collected the rebound as time expired.
CCC struggled in the first half with a boatload of turnovers and an inability to hit shots. Doane led 33-25 at the break.
Three Raiders scored in double figures led by Tre’vion Crawford coming off the bench with 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Latreel Talley scored 11 and put together a double-double with 16 rebounds, and Cooper Pratt scored eight to go with eight rebounds.
Crawford led the Raiders in scoring in the win over Wesleyan as well - scoring 16 with half of that total coming at the foul line.
The freshman out of Omaha Bryan High School is averaging 11.2 points per game, shooting 48 percent overall and 41 percent from 3-point range. His points per game average leads the team.
CCC shot 46 percent while holding Doane to 40 percent and winning the rebounding battle 40-30.
“We picked up our defense in the second half and held them to 27 points,” said head coach Jerry Drymon in a release from CCC. “This helped us climb back in the game after turning the ball over 20 times and shooting poorly in the first half. We have been able to get a little momentum as we head into the weekend.”
The weekend slate includes games against Highland Community College and again against the Doane JV at the Southeast Community College Holiday Classic in Beatrice.
Highland, out of Highland, Kansas, was ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division 2 poll to begin the season.