T-Birds bounce back with a huge win

CASPER, Wyo. — Playing a third game in three days didn’t seem to slow down the Cloud County Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds scored nine points in the first 1:41 of the game and never looked back on their way to a lopsided 103-43 victory over Raleigh’s Finest Sports Academy in the final round of the T-Bird Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
With a win over Lamar (Colo.) College on Thursday and a loss to host Casper College on Friday, Cloud County went 2-1 in the tournament and is now 7-2 on the season.
Casper defeated Lamar 79-65, and won all three of its games.
Lamar was 1-2, and Raleigh’s Finest, a prep school out of Oklahoma City, was 0-3.
“I thought we played with pretty good energy on that third day,’” Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, “It was a good experience for us. If you are going to win games in March you are going to have to play multiple games in a row.”
Cloud County never gave Raleigh’s Finest much of a chance.
Marcus Fillyaw scored just 18 seconds into the game. That was followed up by a Connor McDaniel three, a bucket by Ed Dyson and two free throws by Rodrick Robinson to give the T-Birds a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Raleigh’s Finest would go 4:25 without scoring as Cloud County went up 12-0.
The Roadrunners missed their first nine shots of the game before Jalen Scayles scored with 15:35 to play in the first half.
Cloud County answered with four straight points by Dyson and baskets by James Williams and McDaniel to push its lead to 20-2.
Dhonte Ford hit a three for Raleigh’s Finest, but the T-Birds scored the next 12 points, and led 32-5.
“We got up big early. They had played a close game the night before against Lamar. It was one of those things where it just kind of snowballed on them,” Eshbaugh, “To our guys’ credit we defended well and made shots difficult for them, and shared the ball well.”
Cloud County continued to pull away from the Roadrunners.
It was a 43-9 game when a three-point basket by James Williams and a three-point play by Marcus Smith started a 14-0 run that made it 57-9.
Raleigh’s Finest would outscore the T-Birds 5-4 over the final 2:18 of the first half, but still trailed 61-14 at halftime.
The Roadrunners scored nearly as many points, 12,  in the first five minutes of the second as they did the entire first half but still trailed 67-24.
Cloud County then went on a 15-4 spurt to make it an 82-28 game.
Getting everybody into the act, the T-Birds coasted to the big win.
“I thought we had a great team effort. Everybody played, and everybody played well,” Eshbaugh said, “It was good to see those guys who don’t get a lot of time get quality minutes, and they did a good job with them.”
Cloud County had 13 players score in the game, led by Dyson with 17 points.
McDaniel scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Williams also tossed in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Alioune Mboup added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Smith had 11 rebounds to go with nine points.
Fillyaw handed out 10 assists.
Delondre Williams scored 14 points for Raleigh’s Finest.
Cloud County will play two games in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this weekend.
The T-Birds take on Iowa Western on Friday and Northeast (Neb.) Community College on Saturday.


Jones, T-Birds blank Pratt

Freshman goalkeeper Calum Ellis Jones provided the play in net that allowed the 10th-ranked Cloud County Community College soccer to remain unbeaten by shutting out Pratt Community College 1-0 in a home match Wednesday afternoon. Jones recorded eight saves in the match, including... [More]

Thunderbirds fall to Saints

LIBERAL — Seward County moved to the top of the Jayhawk Conference Division I standings by defeating the Cloud County Thunderbirds in three close sets on Wednesday night. The Saints, now 21-9 overall, improved to 12-2 in the conference and a half a game ahead of Colby (11-2).... [More]

More Sports


City hears update on airport master plan

The Concordia city commission heard an update on the Blosser Municipal Airport master plan from Brad Waller representing Alfred Benesch & Company, Manhattan, at its regular meeting Wednesday evening. Waller said that the direct impact of the airport on the Concordia economy... [More]

For the record 10-20-16

Police Dept. report Theft — Marilyn Pierce, Concordia, reported a theft that had occurred in the 200 block of West 18th at 7:10 p.m., Oc. 19. Investigation continues.   EMS report Calls for Oct. 19 At 10:31  M-1 went to Cloud County Health Center for long distance... [More]

Bronze statue recognizing Orphan Train riders unveiled

A bronze statue recognizing Orphan Train riders Ethel and Elmer Barney was unveiled at Britt's Fountain and Gifts on Tuesday. Purchased by Brian and Amanda Strait, the statue is the second to be placed in Downtown Concordia as part of an effort initiated by the National Orphan... [More]

More News


Letter to the Editor 10-14-16

Dear Editor,  Relay for Life 2016 in the books. Saturday October 8th, 2016 turned out to be a very beautiful Fall day. The day started out warm and cooled off as the survivors showed up to start off the 2016 Relay for Life survivor lap to start the festivities. Boy Scout... [More]

Prairie Pondering

 Taking our flag to a moral dry cleaning . . . Watching Trump reminds me of earlier days while trying to get more background in order to understand him. His mother was a native of Scotland–the northernmost part, cold, poverty everywhere, young women desperately trying... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos