Published in the Iola Register on Feb. 4, 2013.

T-Birds continue to struggle in loss to Colby

COLBY — The cold spell continues for the Cloud County Thunderbirds.
Cloud County was held below 50 points for the second straight game in suffering a 58-49 Jayhawk Conference Western Division loss to Colby Community College Saturday night.
The T-Birds have now lost four consecutive Conference games, and have not scored more than 55 points during that stretch.
Cloud County, now 12-11 overall and 3-6 in the Jayhawk West, hit just 17 of 60 field goal attempts for 28 percent, including 3 of 20 three-point tries for 15 percent, and 12 of 21 free throws for 57 percent in the loss to Colby.
“I feel bad for the kids, I really do,” Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, “They are really playing pretty well in a lot of areas, but the one area they are not, is the area they keep score, and we are struggling with that.”
The T-Birds outrebounded the Trojans 32-26, limited them to 31 percent (15 of 48) shootings and forced 18 turnovers in the game.
“The guys are trying to make shots. They are taking good shots. They are sharing the basketball. They need some confidence,” Eshbaugh said.
Colby, which has won two straight Conference games after losing its first seven, led the game 25-22 at halftime.
Cloud County battled back to take the lead in the second half, but a scoring drought allowed the Trojans to get the win.
“We missed a couple of big free throws. The game changed a little on us. There were five block-charge calls in the last four minutes, and all five went against us,” Eshbaugh said.
Ed Dyson led Cloud County with 15 points. He also grabbed five rebounds.
Gerrae Williams scored 13 points for the T-Birds.
Alioune Mboup added 10 points and nine rebounds.
“Alioune Mboup really had a good game,” Eshbaugh said.
The Trojans, now 11-12 overall and 2-7 in the West, got 13 points from Jeremiah Ingram.
Branden Williams and Kris Rolle scored 11 points each for the Trojans.
Cloud County will host Pratt on Wednesday night.
The T-Birds defeated the Beavers 64-56 in the first meeting.