Southeast Community College coach Joel Wooton called his team's performance against McCook Community College Tuesday night one of their sloppiest of the year.
McCook opened a 20 point lead in the first half, forcing the Storm to play catch up in the second half. They did manage to dwindle that deficit to seven on three separate occasions, but never closer as McCook went on to win the game 86-71.
Wooton said the loss came down to a lack of energy.
"We didn't bring the energy tonight," Wooton said. "We should have been ready to go against them because they beat us earlier in the season. When you don't bring energy, x's and o's don't matter."
Wooton said McCook did some different things that bothered them early. He said they were able to adjust to those changes later in the game, but still said the energy was never there. McCook scored 29 points in the game off SCC turnovers-- many of those coming early in the first half.
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"It wasn't so much their defensive pressure, but it was us being tentative," Wooton said. "If we turn the ball over because we are being aggressive, that's a different story. But we turned the ball over because we were being passive. If you want to be good you have to be able to attack whatever they throw at you and we didn't do that."
Wooton said they did a better job of attacking in the second half, but were never able to completely get over that hump. They got within seven points at 43-36, 50-43 and 53-46, but never any closer.
"We didn't have the energy to fight over that hump and get to the next level," Wooton said. "McCook did a lot of good things, but we helped them do a lot of good things. We were just kind of out of it tonight -- and sometimes you have those nights. But it's better to have a bad night now than later in the postseason."
SCC had four players score in double figures, including Bo Russell with 16, Teny Gakdeng with 15 and LeBeck Warren and Kofi Hamilton with 13 each.
Jalen Barker had nine, Dylan Ryburn had seven, Chaquan Clarke had three and Kyle Grimm had one.
SCC falls to 16-9 on the season. They will be in action again Thursday night when they host Concordia JV at 7 p.m. That game will be men's only.
The Storm will then host Central Community College at 4 p.m. on Saturday before traveling to Highland Community College on Monday. They will wrap up their regular season with a home game on Saturday, Feb. 22 against North Platte Community College at 4 p.m.