Defeat State Fair 100-82, depleted squad loses to Three Rivers in finals
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team finished as Region 16 Runner-ups in the Regional Tournament held this past weekend at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The top seeded Greyhounds defeated State Fair CC in the semi-finals 100-82 on Friday evening before losing to Three Rivers in the finals 85-58. There was an altercation during a Moberly time-out with 10 minutes remaining in the game vs. State Fair in which the players on the bench for both teams were ejected for leaving the bench area according to the officials. The game was played from that point on with only the five players on the floor at the time of the incident.
Moberly 100, State Fair 82
After a see-saw affair for most of the first half, Moberly was able to take a 43-39 lead at the end of the first half. After falling behind early in the second half Moberly was able to grab a 70-60 lead off a Mar’Qywell Jackson three pointer at the time of the time out and altercation resulting in the ejections. Moberly was able to spurt and extend the lead to 22 points behind the play of the five remaining players. Moberly was lead in scoring by Brandon Better with 20 points, while Jackson had 18, post player Demarco Owens 16, Dallas Morgan had an excellent game off the bench with 16 points(4-5 from three point range) and PG Jabari Antwine added 14 points while Leonard Harper Baker had 8 points and 14 rebounds.
“Just an extremely unfortunate incident that led to the ejections for both teams,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “happened during a time out on our end of the court, it appears players just get tangled up and it escalated from there. I watched the video and because it was an altercation and players left the bench area even without fighting, it’s automatic ejections for all bench personnel. I’m extremenly apologetic for this incident but also really proud of how our five on the court finished the game.”
THREE RIVERS 85, MOBERLY 58
In the Championship game of the Region 16 Tournament played before a near capacity crowd, Moberly was defeated by Three Rivers 85-58. The Greyhounds dressed and played only five players as the ejected players from the previous game automatically received a two game suspension making them ineligible for the contest. After falling behind early, Moberly came back to grab a 31-29 lead late in the first half before the Raiders hit three late treys to grab a 38-31 halftime lead. After falling behind by 12 to start the second half, Moberly got within 54-50 with 11 minutes remaining before a scoring drought and a scoring by Three Rivers put the game away. MACC was lead in scoring by Mar’Qywell Jackson with 15 points, Demarco Owens had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Brandon Better had 11 points, Jabari Antwine 11 and Leonard Harper-Baker added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Three Rivers was lead in scoring by Cameron Reedus with 28 points(6-11 from behind the arc), Kavion Pippen with a strong 19 point performance and Gabe Grant with 18 points.
“My congratulations to Coach Bess and a very good Three Rivers squad,” commented Smith, “With that said, I am so proud of the efforts our five players gave as they truly left it all on the court. We were truly a TEAM this year and it’s so disappointing we couldn’t defend our regional title with our full team. However, it’s the way it is and we had to accept the consequences. I am so proud of the Moberly community for not only how they backed us all year, but especially Saturday night when it was needed the most. I never felt more pride in being the Greyhound Coach with that demonstration of support. I told our entire team Monday to not let this one moment define us; we won 27 games, won the regional regular season title, Champions of the MCCAC Conference, top 20 in the country all season along with numerous other accomplishments. It’s not the adversity itself that defines you, it’s how you deal with it and we must all learn from this. I’m so proud of our team this year, we must help our sophomores move on and at the same time start getting ready for next season. I can guarantee the way this ended is going to be a tremendous driving force for next season.”
Moberly ends the season 27-5 while Three Rivers improves to 24-8 and moves on to play Highland CC(Illinois) Saturday night in Poplar Bluff, Mo. for the District IV Championship.