Defeat Pearl River but lose to #1 Salt Lake CC 83-86

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team was one of 24 teams that qualified to play in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The #16 seeded Greyhounds defeated #17 seed Pearl River 95-89 in overtime due to a memorable 60 foot shot MACC guard Tyren Moore at the buzzer in regulation in the opening round of the tourney.  In the Sweet 16 round, Moberly overcame a 23 point deficit to trim the lead to 1 point in the last seconds before losing to #1 seeded Salt Lake City CC 83-86.  

                                                                MOBERLY 95, PEARL RIVER 89 OT

Moberly controlled the first half and eventually lead 36-31 at the half.  After stretching the lead to 48-39, Moberly saw Pearl River come back and gain a 67-61 lead. With the score tied at 74-74, Pearl River took a 77-74 lead with 1.8 seconds left on a made three pointer by Carlous Williams.  That set up the final heroics by 6’0” freshman guard Tyren Moore as he took the inbounds pass, took one dribble and banked in a 60 foot shot to send the game to overtime as the crowd erupted.  Moberly gained control in OT behind consecutive made three pointers by Frosh. James Dent and winning the opening game at Hutch 95-89 for their 12th consecutive victory.   Moberly was lead in scoring by Moore with a game high 25 points(5-8 three pointers) and 7 assists,  Sincere Parker scored 21 points while Michael Thomas added 11 points.  Pearl River was lead in scoring by Ankerion Gross with 23 points(7-8 made three pointers), Williams scored 18 points with Jarron Wilkens scoring 10 points.  Moberly improved to 28-6 on the season while Region 22 winner Pearl River ended their season 28-5.

                                                                SALT LAKE CITY CC 86, MOBERLY 83

Moberly faced #1 seeded  Salt Lake City CC in the round of 16 on Tuesday afternoon and the Greyhounds found themselves down 36-54 at the half to Salt Lake.  After falling behind 23 points to start the second half, Moberly  started utilizing their defensive pressure to slice into the lead and was down 71-80 with :54 left.  However, Moberly twice cut the lead to 1 point and after a made trey by 6’8” Dorian Staples, was down 83-84.  After forcing a 5 second count, Moberly had a chance to take the lead with :11 left but Salt Lake got the stop, hit 2 free throws and the Greyhounds missed a last second three pointer in an attempt to the contest.  Moberly was lead in scoring by Parker with  24 points(4-7 on made treys), Dorion Stapes had 13 points while Michael Thomas and James Dent scored 12 points each.  Salt Lake was lead in scoring by Jordan Brinson with 25 points, Quincy McGriff scored 20 points and Chase Adams added 13 points and 8 assists. Moberly ended their season with a 28-7 record while Salt Lake improved to 32-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals where they defeated Odessa College 68-66 on Tuesday.

                                                                COACH SMITH’S COMMENTS

“What a journey this team rode throughout the end of the season to get us to this point,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “To beat three teams in the play-offs the caliber of Three Rivers, Mineral Area and Triton to reach Hutch was memorable by itself.  Then to hang tough throughout against Pearl River to have Tyren make a shot that will be forever remembered by both Hutch and Greyhound traditions just reinforced our never quit mentality.  After a below par first half vs. Salt Lake, how our team recovered and found themselves to compete at the high level we did the second half just displayed how tough mentally this team was.  I’ll always remember two things about this team; how much they improved throughout the season and the competitive greatness they demonstrated consistently at the end of the season to put themselves in positions to win.  Just a team I’m proud to have coached and been associated with.  Salt Lake City was the best team we had seen this season in our very tough schedule and we were so close to pulling this one out.  We went to Hutch to try to win it one game at a time and although we didn’t get that done, I’ll always have so much pride in this team and we now have to reload and get ready for next season.”

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