BEATRICE, Neb. — A day after struggling to score, the Cloud County Thunderbirds had eight players finish in double figures on their way to a 105-56 romp over the Midland (Neb.) University junior varsity in the Southeast Community College Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Cloud County got past the Concordia (Neb.) College junior varsity 68-46 on Friday, but then heated up against Midland.
Shaun Stewart led the scoring onslaught against Midland with 18 points and five assists. The sophomore guard was 6 of 10 from the field, including three of five from three-point range, and three of six from the free throw line.
Assane Diop hit 7 of 15 field goal attempts and two of two free throws in scoring 16 points. The 6-9 freshman also had six assists.
Lionel Gomis scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the T-Birds.
Creighton Brinker chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.
Marvin Smith finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Lorenzo Dillard scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Derek Henry and Emeka Okoronkwo added 10 points each.
“We played pretty well. I thought we were able to use our defense to create offense. We played with some purpose,” Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, “We did a good job of sharing the basketball. Any time you have eight guys in double figures, that is great balance.”
Cloud County, now 4-0, hit 39 of 77 field goal attempts for 51 percent.
The T-Birds were 8 of 14 from three-point range for 57 percent and 19 of 33 from the line for 58 percent.
Cloud County had a 61-27 rebounding advantage and finished with 21 assists and just 12 turnovers.
The T-Birds led Midland 49-28 at halftime.
Shooting 52 percent (22 of 42) from the floor in the second half, Cloud County outscored the Warriors 56-28.
Tyler Barrientos led Midland with 20 points.
Dion Wells-Ross scored 13 for the Warriors.
Midland shot just 30 percent (17 of 57) from the field and 56 percent (13 of 23) from the line.
The Warriors were just 9 of 29 from three-point range for 31 percent.
Cloud County will host eighth-ranked Iowa Western Community College at 7:00 Tuesday night.