Day: February 14, 2018


#8 ranked MACC improves to 24-3

On the day they moved up one spot to #8 in the NJCAA National Poll, the Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Team went on the road to Kansas City, Missouri and defeated Penn Valley 102-89 Tuesday evening. MACC jumped out to an early 22-9 lead before Penn Valley got back within one at 35-34 before the Hounds extended to a 52-40 halftime lead. Moberly then went on a 16-2 spurt to start the second half and eventually extended the lead to 72-45 before Penn Valley made a late run for the final score. Freshman guard Billy Thomas continued his hot streak as he lead Moberly in scoring with 22 points(5-5 from three point range, 5th straight 20 plus point game), Alonzo Verge had 19 points and 8 assists, Dallas Morgan contributed 15 points(3-5 from three point range), Randy Miller added 13 while Tyree White and JaQualis Matlock added 10 points each in their balanced attack. Sean Miller Moore added 8 points and 9 rebounds. Moberly shot 10 for 16 from three point range. Joseph Mebaley lead Penn Valley in scoring with 19 points while Malik Barnett, Darius Rice and Thomas Bell had 12 points each.

“After two seasons of not being successful at Penn Valley,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “It’s very satisfying to go up there and play reasonably well. Thought we did a very good job of establishing the early lead, got bad offensively and defensively during the down time the first half, then really finished the first half up well and went on a great run to start the second. Very good to establish the mid second half lead, then thought we got sloppy and need to eliminate those segments of the game. Now it’s back to Region 16 Saturday night against a good State Fair Team.”

Moberly improved to 24-3 on the season while Penn Valley drops to 13-11. The Greyhounds return to action Saturday night in a double header against State Fair with the women’s contest at 5 pm and the Men’s game at 7:00.



After being tied at halftime a strong second half defensive performance propelled the Moberly Area Community College Lady Greyhounds, who are now ranked 5th nationally, to a 72-55 victory over Penn Valley Community College on Tuesday night as they improved to 26-0 on the season.

MACC trailed 11-10 midway through the first quarter, but used an 8-0 run spearheaded by Lunden Henry, who had two baskets and an assist, to take what would be their largest lead of the first half. The Lady Greyhounds eventually led 20-15 heading into the second quarter.

Penn Valley took advantage of their 11 free throw attempts in the second period of play, scoring nine of their 20 points in the quarter at the charity stripe as they tied the game at 35 going into halftime.

“We battled a little bit of foul trouble in the first half,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “Anisha (George), Lunden, and Sentreal (Gregory) all had two fouls, but our biggest issue was not finishing in the paint. We were able to get the ball inside, but we rushed our attempts or tried to avoid contact on a lot of them.”

George connected on two quick baskets to start the third quarter and a three point play by Alexis Henry, followed by fast break lay-up from Angelica Wiggins completed a 9-1 run for MACC as they lead 44-36 near the seven minute mark of the quarter.

Penn Valley would trim their deficit to four before Brianna Perry knocked down a three point field goal and Wiggins connected on five straight points to give the Lady Greyhounds a 56-47 lead at the end of three quarters of play.

MACC took their first double digit lead of the contest early in the fourth quarter as George converted an offensive rebound put back and Gregory scored off an assist from Perry to give the Lady Greyhounds a 60-49 lead.

Penn Valley would get no closer than 12 points the remainder of the contest as MACC held them without a field goal over the final four minutes of the game.

The Lady Greyhounds limited Penn Valley to just 20 points in the second half, forcing 17 turnovers over the final 20 minutes of action, and holding the Lady Scouts to five of 26 shooting from the field.

For the game the Lady Greyhounds shot 40 percent from the field, compared to 28 percent for Penn Valley. MACC also held a 52-37 rebounding advantage.

“We were able to be much more active in the second half defensively,” said Killinger. “Our defense did a nice job of keeping them from getting into a rhythm and we got offensive production from several different people.”

Four players reached double figures for the Lady Greyhounds, led by 16 points from George. She also had seven rebounds. Alexis Henry recorded her second double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with four steals.

Wiggins finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Perry scored 11 points and registered four assists and three steals. Jocelyn Taylor just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. She recorded a game high five steals.

Lunden Henry led MACC with 11 rebounds, while netting six points. Gregory rounded out the scoring for the Lady Greyhounds with eight points.

MACC will resume Missouri Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region 16 play this weekend when they host State Fair at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Lady Greyhounds have clinched at least a share of the MCCAC title and first round bye in the Region 16 tournament.