T-Birds fall short againsty No. 7 Reivers

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — It is not as though the Cloud County Thunderbirds haven't been close during a five-game losing streak.
Cloud County's 71-66 loss to seventh-ranked Iowa Western Community College in the Iowa Western Classic on Saturday night was its fifth straight by five points or less.
The Thunderbirds (5-8) were beaten 63-60 by Northeast (Neb.) Community College in the first round of the tournament on Friday.
Six of Cloud County's eight losses have been by five points or fewer.
"I think we would be lying if we said we weren't getting frustrated. Every game is a one possession game in the final minutes," Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, "I was really proud of the way the boys' handled themselves, especially against Iowa Western."
Cloud County, which lost to Iowa Western 98-90 in a home game on Nov. 12, led the Reivers 32-30 at halftime.
"We did a really good job against Iowa Western defending and making things hard on them," Eshbaugh said.
The two teams went back and forth throughout the second half.
Iowa Western (12-1) led by three points late.
Cloud County had a three-point attempt to tie that didn't drop.
The Reivers were able to hold on for the victory.
Cloud County was led by freshman guard Lorenzo Dillard with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 8 of 16 field goal attempts and all five of his free throws.
Shaun Stewart scored 12 points for the T-Birds. The sophomore guard was 4 of 16 from the floor and two of two from the line.
Freshman forward Assane Diop added 11 points and seven rebounds. He was 4 of 12 from the field and one of three from the line.
Emeka Okoronkwo scored eight points.
Marvin Smith finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Lionel Gomis grabbed nine rebounds.
Cloud County was 22 of 63 from the field for 35 percent and 17 of 23 from the line for 74 percent.
Deshawn Munson led three Iowa Western players in double figures with 23 points.
Dinjiyl Walker scored 21 points for the Reivers and Darien Williams chipped in 13 points.
Iowa Western shot 38 percent (29 of 76) from the floor and just 47 percent (8 of 17) from the line.
Cloud County is now off until playing Kansas City Kansas Community College in Highland on Jan. 3.
"I think the break comes at a good time. We can recharge our batteries," Eshbaugh said, "We are not pleased with our record, but I think we will be as prepared as anybody in our conference based on our competition."COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — It is not as though the Cloud County Thunderbirds haven't been close during a five-game losing streak.
Cloud County's 71-66 loss to seventh-ranked Iowa Western Community College in the Iowa Western Classic on Saturday night was its fifth straight by five points or less.
The Thunderbirds (5-8) were beaten 63-60 by Northeast (Neb.) Community College in the first round of the tournament on Friday.
Six of Cloud County's eight losses have been by five points or fewer.
"I think we would be lying if we said we weren't getting frustrated. Every game is a one possession game in the final minutes," Cloud County coach Chad Eshbaugh said, "I was really proud of the way the boys' handled themselves, especially against Iowa Western."
Cloud County, which lost to Iowa Western 98-90 in a home game on Nov. 12, led the Reivers 32-30 at halftime.
"We did a really good job against Iowa Western defending and making things hard on them," Eshbaugh said.
The two teams went back and forth throughout the second half.
Iowa Western (12-1) led by three points late.
Cloud County had a three-point attempt to tie that didn't drop.
The Reivers were able to hold on for the victory.
Cloud County was led by freshman guard Lorenzo Dillard with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He hit 8 of 16 field goal attempts and all five of his free throws.
Shaun Stewart scored 12 points for the T-Birds. The sophomore guard was 4 of 16 from the floor and two of two from the line.
Freshman forward Assane Diop added 11 points and seven rebounds. He was 4 of 12 from the field and one of three from the line.
Emeka Okoronkwo scored eight points.
Marvin Smith finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Lionel Gomis grabbed nine rebounds.
Cloud County was 22 of 63 from the field for 35 percent and 17 of 23 from the line for 74 percent.
Deshawn Munson led three Iowa Western players in double figures with 23 points.
Dinjiyl Walker scored 21 points for the Reivers and Darien Williams chipped in 13 points.
Iowa Western shot 38 percent (29 of 76) from the floor and just 47 percent (8 of 17) from the line.
Cloud County is now off until playing Kansas City Kansas Community College in Highland on Jan. 3.
"I think the break comes at a good time. We can recharge our batteries," Eshbaugh said, "We are not pleased with our record, but I think we will be as prepared as anybody in our conference based on our competition."

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