Defeat Rock Valley and Highland, tough loss to Triton
The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Team’s 4 year championship reign at the Highland CC William Bear Invitational Tournament ended as they went 2-1 to place 3rd in the 8 team event. Moberly defeated Rock Valley CC 88-71 in the opener, suffered a very tough loss to nationally ranked Triton 100-103 in the semis and came back to defeat Highland CC 90-77 in the 3rd place game.
Against Rock Valley, Moberly saw their opponents hit 10 of 15 three pointers and the Greyhounds were down 34-42 at the half. Moberly gained control of the game early in the 2nd half and cruised to an 88-71 victory. Tyrek Chambers and Cortez Mosely had 14 points each, Eddie Creal added 13 points, Dusan Mahorcic contributed 12 points, Quinton Drayton scored 11 and Dezi Jones scored 10 points. Ja’Quan Chestnut lead Rock Valley with 23 points while Brayden Hennis added 17 points.
The game against Triton was a tremendous college basketball game between two teams that battled for the NJCAA District IV Championship last season. Moberly jumped to an early 19-8 lead only to see Triton come back and grab a 53-47 halftime lead. The game was back and forth the remainder of the contest. Triton grabbled a 99-92 lead with 1:30 remaining but Moberly came back to tie the game 99-99 on a three pointer by Cortez Mosely. Moberly missed two shots in the final 10 seconds to tie the game as Triton held on for the win. Markelo Sullivan had 25 points (7-13 from three point range) to lead the Hounds while Cortez Mosely had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Juwon Carpenter scored 17 points, had 9 assists and 6 rebounds while Tyrek Chambers scored 12 points. Dannie Smith lead Triton with 28 points and Trey Boston scored 26 points off the bench. Triton improved to 11-1 with the victory.
In the 3rd place game played at 7 pm, Mobelry once again fell behind the first half to host Highland by the score of 34-43. Moberly used a 16-2 run during the second half to seize control of the contest ending with a 90-79 victory. Eddie Creal lead Moberly with 20 points, Sullivan had 17 points(4-7 from 3 point range), Mosely scored 15 points, Chambers added 13 points(3-5 from behind the arc) and Carpenter scored 11 points and 6 assists. Cam Burrell had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Highland and NIc Fleming scored 14 points. Moberly improved to 11-4 on the season with their 7th victory in the last 9 games to close the first semester.
“The outcome of this tourney made me appreciate even more the 4 straight championships we had won in this event,” said Coach Pat Smith, “The three games in 36 hours against good competition makes it a toughness tourney and Pete Norman just does an outstanding job putting this tournament on. The loss to a very good Triton team was tough as just weren’t good enough defensively against talented offensive team to complete the task. We had our chances, just couldn’t string enough stops together. However, really applaud our guys for hanging in there and having a legitimate chance to win the game. So proud of how our team came back against Highland, especially the 2nd half, and just really competed to end our semester on a very positive note. Won 7 of our last 9 to close the semester and we must continue to find the level of consistency to win games like the Triton contest because that’s what championship teams do.”
Moberly returns to action on Dec. 30 and 31 as they participate in the John Wood Trailblazer Classic in Quincy, Illinois.