Trojans playing at a higher level

CCC freshman Christian Carmichael dunks the ball while being fouled by a Cloud County player Feb. 8 in Colby. The Trojans beat the Thunderbirds, 75-59.
CCC freshman Christian Carmichael dunks the ball while being fouled by a Cloud County player Feb. 8 in Colby. The Trojans beat the Thunderbirds, 75-59.

The Colby Community College men's basketball team led from the opening tip with a convincing 75-59 home win over the Cloud County Community College Thunderbirds Wednesday night at the Community Building.

"I have said this before but we are a different team since Christmas break," said Trojans head coach Rusty Grafel. "More so because guys are understanding their roles more and doing their jobs better."

The Trojans jumped out to a 20-8 lead and entered halftime up 30-17.

"We didn't have the best offensive night, but when you can hold a team to 17 points in the first half shooting 19 percent from the field you're doing something right," Grafel said. 

Gabriel Gyamfi led all scorers and notched his sixth double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Caleal Walker had 14 points and Shaq Athie added 13.

"Gabe had another 'Gabe' night. Caleal and Shaq gave us some spark on the offensive end as well," Grafel said. "We had a lot of good team basketball plays like making the extra pass. As a team, we need to keep building on the things that make us better and we will continue to climb in this conference."

Colby's next opportunity comes Sunday at Pratt Community College. The Trojans, now 7-13 in the Jayhawk Conference and 11-13 overall, tip-off against the Beavers (5-15, 7-16) at 4 p.m.