The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 9, 2014

College basketball: CCC comeback comes up short

CLINTON — Travis Witt is back on a basketball court, and coach Joe Shovlain is happy to have him wearing a Clinton Community College uniform.

Playing in his first real game since the 2011-12 season ended for Prince of Peace, Witt made his debut for the Cougars on Wednesday night. He contributed eight points off the bench, but CCC fell that same number of points short in an 81-73 loss to Iowa Central at Yourd Gymnasium.

It feels great,” said Witt, a 6-foot-2 guard who had planned to give up basketball when he chose to attend Iowa State last year. He became eligible in the new year after transferring to CCC and sitting out the first semester. “I waited a whole semester for this.”

Shovlain is happy the wait is over, too.

“I think he’ll make us a much better team the second semester,” Shovlain said. “He brings lot of intangibles to the program. He has a positive attitude, and you don’t have to worry about him about a lot of things.”

Witt believes he can make an impact for the Cougars, who still are searching for their first win of the season.

“Energy ... and another body, too,” he said of what he’d bring to the squad. “We’re going to be low on numbers.”

The Cougars were down to seven players in uniform Wednesday — they are redshirting two players, which helps in practice — although that number should increase by one by Saturday’s 7 p.m. home game against North Iowa Area Community College.

“We were missing Kimani Stevens,” Shovlain said, explaining that the bad weather conditions throughout much of the country prevented Stevens from flying back for the new semester from his home in the Virgin Islands. Stevens had started 11 of the team’s first 12 games and is averaging 6.8 points a game.

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