Lose to Butler Co., defeat Bryant and Stratton
The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Team split in a pair of games over the weekend at the State Fair Laser Image Classic. On Friday, Moberly was defeated by Butler Co. CC 86-80. Moberly fell behind early 25-10 as Butler Co. scorched the nets from the 3 point line and Butler lead 44-32 at the half. Moberly held Butler Co. scoreless the first five minutes of the second half and tied the game 4 times during the second stanza but could never get the lead. Eddie Creal and Tyrek Chambers each scored 19 points to lead the Greyhounds with Cortez Mosely scoring 12 points, Dezi Jones had 11 and Markelo Sullivan contributed 10 points. Juwan White lead Butler Co. with 22 points, Grehlon Easter and Javaunte Hawkins had 16 points each with Peyton Dickerson adding 15 points. White was 5-5 from 3 point range. Butler Co. improved to 5-1 on the season.
On Saturday, Moberly jumped out to a 23-5 lead over Bryant and Stratton(Wisc.) and eventually lead 50-23 at the half before winning 112-69. Markelo Sullivan had a career high of 32 points(8-11 from 3 point range) and 12 rebounds, Cortez Mosely had 18 points, Eddie Creal contributed 17 points, Chambers scored 12 points while Quinton Drayton added 11 points. Brandun Robinson lead Bryant and Stratton with 16 points while Noah Jescritz scored 10 points. Moberly improved to 5-2 on the season while Bryant and Stratton dropped to 3-5 with the loss.
“Very pleased with how we came back Saturday after a very tough loss on Friday,” said Coach Pat Smith, “Against Butler Co., first of all they played extremely well, especially with their 3 point shooting. However, that seems to be a broken record in both of our losses, teams that shoot the ball very well against us. Our ball screen defense was not good in that we broke a lot of our principles in terms of how we play ball screens. Commend our guys the second half for how they battled back and gave us a chance. However, we must be more consistent with our play and system to reach our potential and turn these close losses into wins. However, one thing I really enjoy about coaching is how each team and season is different and the problem solving approach that we must go thru to get 15-20 points better and that could happen.” Great win Saturday, loved our energy and how we responded.”
Moberly returns to action Saturay at home against long time rival Southeastern Iowa with a 7:00 pm game time.