3rd straight win improves record to 19-6.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team defeated #10 nationally ranked Mineral Area College Cardinals 68-65 at the Fitzsimmons-John Arena on Saturday evening.  Moberly jumped out to an early 6-0 lead but only lead 35-33 at the half with a last second three pointer by 6’10” Sarvan of Mineral.  After grabbing a 9 point lead at the 12:00 mark of the second half, Moberly saw Mineral Area come back and grab a 57-53 lead with six minutes remaining.  However, Moberly came back to lead  65-60 and held on for the victory with some timely baskets and defensive stops down the stretch.  Sincere Parker lead Moberly in scoring with 25 points while wing Michael Thomas added 13 points with Tyren Moore and Makalani Kafele scoring 10 points each.   Sarvan lead Mineral Area in scoring with 25 points while Thompson scored 15 points and Price added 12 points.

“A tough grind it out victory over a very good basketball team,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “Mineral is just so good in all phases and I’m proud of our players for staying the course.  We did a much better job than last time defensively and that was the key to our success tonight.  There’s always areas you can improve in and seeking more consistency of execution on both sides of the ball.  We’ll enjoy this win today and then it’s on to what lies ahead as we finish our season and start getting ready for post season.”

Moberly improved to 19-6 with the victory and 6-3 in Region 16 play while Mineral Area drops to 20-5 on the season and 7-2 in Region 16.  MACC returns to action this  Monday, February 7 as they will host Prise Academy with tip off at 7 pm.

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