Day: February 22, 2018

MOBERLY GREYHOUNDS DEFEATED AT SOUTHEASTERN IOWA 79-76

#7 MACC has 10 game win streak snapped

2/22/2018
On the same day they rose to #7 in the NJCAA National Rankings, the Moberly Area CC Men’s Basketball Team went to West Burlington, Iowa and lost 76-79 to Southeastern Iowa CC. After a back and forth first half, Moberly was able to grab a 40-37 halftime lead. However, Southeastern Iowa was able to come back and grab a 63-55 lead with nine minutes remaining. Moberly came back and grabbed a 73-71 lead with a little over 2 minutes remaining but a Dixon-Conover three pointer put the Blackhawks up 76-73. The Greyhounds missed a last second three pointer in an attempt to tie the game at the buzzer. Alonzo Verge lead Moberly in scoring with 24 points while fellow guard Billy Thomas added 10 points. Nikolic lead Southeastern Iowa in scoring with 20 points and 15 rebounds, Kourtney Ware had 14 points, Patrick Jackson had 12 points and Johnson added 11.

“We weren’t on top of our game on the road last night,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “I thought our offensive flow was not very good, we gave up too many transition baskets along with dribble drives, and then at times second chance points off the board. However, I give Coach Lorenzo Watkins and SE Iowa a lot of credit, they guarded us really well and did a great job of attacking on offense. Even though it’s late in the season, it’s back to the drawing board as we have to make sure our effort, system and playing rotation is where we need it to be. It really hurts to lose obviously, but it’s really bad if you don’t learn something from it.”

Moberly had their 10 game winning streak snapped in dropping to 25-4 on the season while Southeastern Iowa improves to 22-8. Moberly travels to West Plains on Saturday to conclude their regular season.

 

GREYHOUND WOMEN MAKE HISTORY

2/22/2018
The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team traveled to Crowder College on Wednesday night and came away with a 59-52 victory, setting a new program record with their 28th straight win.

The Lady Greyhounds entered the game ranked #4 in the NJCAA Division I Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday and used a stifling defense to send Crowder to only their second loss of the season on their home floor. MACC is currently ranked 3rd nationally in opponents field goal percentage and held Crowder to just 29.5 percent shooting.

“We knew this was going to be an extremely tough game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “It was their sophomore night and that is traditionally a very tough place to go into and get a win.”

The Lady Greyhounds led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter as Sentreal Gregory nailed a three point shot from 26 feet out just before the buzzer to end the quarter.

The teams would trade the lead eight times in the first half until a basket by Angelica Wiggins and offensive rebound put back by Anisha George sent MACC into halftime with a 25-23 advantage.

George scored six straight points to start the third quarter as the Lady Greyhounds built a 31-26 lead, but Crowder pulled to within one before Alexis Henry netted seven straight points and Brianna Perry connected on a free throw to make the score 39-37 heading into the final quarter of play.

Crowder got on the board first in the fourth quarter and the score was tied three times until Gregory knocked down her third three point field goal near the midway point of the quarter to give MACC a 46-43 lead. However, the Lady Riders managed to tie the score at 49 with just under two minutes to play.

Wiggins converted on a baseline drive at the 1:04 mark and George came up with a steal on the next defensive possession for the Lady Greyhounds before Wiggins buried a corner three with 22.8 seconds left in the game to give MACC a five point advantage.

Crowder made a contested three on their next possession, but the Lady Greyhounds connected on five of six free throws to seal the seven point margin of victory.

“I was really proud of our team for not getting rattled when they made big shots,” said Killinger. “They made a three to take the lead with about a minute left in the third, but Alexis (Henry) came right back and converted a three point play off of an offensive rebound to take that momentum away from them. We had different people make those kind of big plays all night.”

Offensive rebounding was a key factor in the final outcome as MACC notched 15 second chance points compared to seven for Crowder. The Lady Greyhounds held a 51-38 advantage on the glass and shot just over 40 percent from the field for the game.

Anisha George registered her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Wiggins, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, finished with 12.

Gregory was the third MACC player to reach double digits as she had 10 points on the night, while Alexis Henry just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. She also had six assists and two blocked shots.

Jocelyn Taylor had eight points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. Perry contributed six points, while Lunden Henry had six rebounds.

The Lady Greyhounds, who clinched the NJCAA Region 16 Tournament #1 seed with the victory, will host their sophomore day on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against Jefferson College.