2nd half comeback gets win over South Suburban

The #8 ranked Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Team won two games in the John Wood Comm. College Classic to improve their record to 15-1 on the season. In the finale Sunday afternoon against South Suburban College, Moberly came out very slow and got behind 44-27 at halftime as the opponents hit 5 of 10 from three point range. After falling behind 20 early in the second half, Moberly came back and gained a 63-61 lead behind their full court pressure defense and driving attacks by guard Alonzo Verge. However, South Suburban hit back to back three point shots to take a 78-69 lead with 2:18 remaining. After a Randy Miller three point FG to cut the lead to 78-74, Moberly got back-to-back defensive stops and baskets to tie the game with 30 seconds remaining. Moberly then forced a steal and got another driving basket by Verge to take the lead. They then forced a last second miss with a rebound by JaQualis Matlock, who hit two free throws to seal the comeback win. Verge lead the Hounds in scoring with 35 points, Matlock added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Miller scored 12 points in the 82-78 victory. Jordan Matthews scored 33 points while Jamal Baily scored 24 points, 21 of them in the first half.

“A tremendous comeback win by a team who refused to lose today despite the obstacles we had to overcome,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “The first half was a combination of us not playing our best in terms of both effort and execution, while South Suburban played extremely well. All you can do when you are down that much is keep playing and attempting to win each possession and see where it takes you. It’s real easy to look at the contributions of some of our players who made key baskets, but I thought the contributions of Will Rucker and Tra Edwards were so important to our victory. We’ve had a lot of good comeback wins over the year and this ranks way up there the way our players accomplished it.”

South Suburban, who previously was ranked #1 in the NJCAA Division II rankings, dropped to 12-3 with the loss.


In the opening game of the classic on Saturday afternoon, Moberly came out playing well and out of the gate and lead 61-26 at the half before coasting to a 99-63 victory. Guard Randy Miller lead Moberly in scoring with 20 points(5 of 7 from three point range), Tra Edwards and Sean Miller-Moore had 15 points each while Dallas Morgan contributed 10 points with Alonzo Verge adding 9 assists.



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