Improve to 10-1 with win in Missouri-Illinois Shootout
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team defeated Wabash Valley 101-88 Sunday afternoon in the Missouri-Illinois JUCO Shootout at St. Louis CC-Forest Park. After opening a double-digit lead in the first half, Moberly lead 46-42 at halftime. However, the preseason #24 nationally ranked Wabash Valley College Warriors came back to gain a 64-60 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Moberly came back to secure the lead for good on an Alonzo Verge three-pointer with 8 minutes remaining and opened up a double-digit margin in the last four minutes. Verge lead Moberly in scoring with 30 points and 13 assists, 6’8” forward JJ Matthews added 22 points and 8 rebounds, 6’6” forward JaQualis Matlock scored 17 points along with 8 rebounds and 6’1” sophomore wing Dallas Morgan scored 14 points(4 of 6 from three-point range). Newsome lead Wabash Valley in scoring with 21 points(7 made treys), Garrett scored 15 points, Cherry added 12 while forward Austin Trice contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Moberly improved to 10-1 on the season while Wabash Valley dropped to 6-5 with the loss.
“After a very disappointing loss to Indian Hills last weekend,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “ I was very pleased in how our players responded to a very tough week of practice and a whole week before we played again. It felt like a football week with 7 days between games but felt it was very beneficial as we were able to get back and work on our system. Wabash Valley is a very good, well-coached team so felt this was our best win of the season. We are still very much a work in progress and look forward to the Highland Tournament this weekend and finishing our semester off strong.”
Moberly will play in the Highland CC William Baer Invitational this weekend as Friday they play Iowa Central at 5 pm. The classic resumes Saturday as they will play Marshalltown CC at 3:00 pm and then host Highland at 7:00 pm in Freeport, Illinois.