After trailing by 17 points, the Colby Community College men's basketball team regrouped at halftime for a 77-73 win over the thirteenth ranked Coffeyville Red Ravens Sunday at the Colby Community Building.
"We were able to weather the storm in the first half and play a great second half," said Colby head coach Rusty Grafel. "As a coach, you always want to have a good start to the game but even more important is how you finish, and against the number 13 team in the country, I think we finished just fine!"
Colby trailed by 17 in the first half but closed the gap to 41-34 at the break. The defense clamped down in the second half as the Trojans outscored the Red Ravens 43-32.
"We are battling a lot of injuries right now, and we had a lot of guys step up for us," Grafel said.
The Trojans were without starting point guard Milton Wordlow III, who suffered a knee injury at Pratt on Wednesday. Sunday shooting guard Drew Young was lost for the season with a broken wrist in the first half. Without them, CCC still managed six of 13 from behind the arc and had 13 assists.
Colby, now 8-4 overall now and 5-4 in the KJCCC, shares an identical record with Garden City and Seward County.
Coffeyville (11-2, 7-2) got 21 points apiece from Travis Washington and Marvin Johnson. The Red Ravens slip into a second place tie with Barton Community College and Cowley College behind Hutchinson.
After the holiday break, CCC resumes competition Jan. 1 for a 6 p.m. tip in Colby against the Northwest Technical College JV.