Opening NJCAA Region 16 contest
The Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds were defeated by Mineral Area College 73-74 at the Fitzsimmons-John Arena on Wednesday evening. Moberly lead 40-34 at the half but it was a back and forth contest the second half with Mineral Area spurting late and grabbing a 74-68 lead. Michael Thomas hit three free throws to get Moberly within three points but the Greyhounds could not capitalize on their last possession. Sincere Parker lead Moberly with 20 points while Thomas contributed 15 points and Makalani Kafele scored 14 points. Price lead Mineral Area with 16 points, Jones scored 14 points, Ford added 13 and Daugherty contributed 11 points.
“It was a very tough loss and we didn’t capitalize on some situations during the game to seize control,” added Coach Pat Smith, “I give Mineral Area a lot of credit, they are a very good and well coached team, played very well tonight. Our players battled hard, we just have to be better and that starts with me as the Head Coach putting our players in better position to win these type of games. However, we are must get back and concentrate on getting better in every area as we had lots of breakdowns tonight to contribute in a close loss.
Moberly dropped to 8-3(0-1 in Region 16) with the loss while Mineral Area improved to 8-3 with the win and 1-0 in Regional play. Moberly returns to action Saturday, December 4 on the road at Three Rivers CC with a 7:00 pm tip off.