Coffeyville men's basketball rolled over its first round opponent Monday, defeating Colby 91-68 in the opening stages of the Region VI tournament.
The prior meeting between the two teams had gone in Coffeyville's favor, 90-51. Despite that, the Trojans played early on as if they had a lot to prove, keeping up with the Ravens offense that by no means slouched from the field. However, Coffeyville used its bigger roster to stay fresh throughout the fast-paced first half, eventually ripping off an 18-3 run that gave them a 19-point lead heading into the locker rooms. The lead would prove to be too much for Colby to handle, as they couldn't get a run big enough to really put a dent in what Coffeyville had created. The Trojans would get it back to within 16 at one point, but leading scorers Tylor Perry and Love Bettis would shut the door through a second explosion of scoring. Kevaughn Ellis also caught fire from outside, hitting three three-pointers in the second half. Eventually, head coach Jay Herkelman would clear the bench, allowing for the rest of his roster to play out the eventual 23-point victory.
Perry led all scorers with 20, while Ellis finished with 16. Bettis and Bostyn Holt were not far behind, each recording 14. After the game, Herkelman praised his team for their excellent shooting effort. Coffeyville moves on to Wednesday's quarterfinals, and will face another West division opponent in the Dodge City Conquistadors. The Red Ravens won the first matchup on the road, 65-58.