Greyhounds defeat host Highland in finals for 4th straight title
The Moberly Area CC Men’s Basketball Team defeated Highland CC 95-88 to win their fourth consecutive championship of the Highland CC William R. Bear Invitatiional Tournament. Moberly jumped out to a 56-38 halftime lead behind some hot three point shooting and pressure defense. Despite leading by 10 points with 4 minutes remaining, Moberly had to hold off Highland late as they got within two points before an Alonzo Verge basket pushed MACC back up by 88-84. Verge lead Moberly with 31 points and 12 assists, Sean Miller-Moore had 26 points and 7 rebounds, frosh guard Markelo Sullivan added 14 points(4-8 from three point range) and 6’5” frosh wing Tahj Small contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds. Deang Deang lead Highland with 26 points while Marion Ruffin added 20 points. Moberly improved to 10-5 with the victory
“Tremendous victory for our team, to win this very tough tournament for the fourth straight season is an accomplishment I take a lot of pride in,” said MACC Coach Patrick Smith, “When you have to win three games in 36 hours, it’s a testament to how much toughness and substance our players played with. Pete Norman (Highland AD) did an excellent job of putting together a really tough tournament field so to win it this year, probably feel as good as I ever have with this title. We came into this tourney having lost three games against very good teams and to be honest, felt we were playing anything but what we term “Greyhound Basketball.” We got back to moving the ball again and feel that really helped our defense and rebounding efforts. If we continue to play like this the second semester, I feel very good about our team.”
Alonzo Verge was named the Tournament MVP for the second consecutive season while Sean Miller-Moore was named to the All Tournament Team.
Moberly 100, Bryant and Stratton 62
Moberly jumped to a 51-27 halftime lead and never looked back in defeating Bryant and Stratton CC(Wisconsin) in the William R. Bear Semi-finals on Saturday morning. Verge lead Moberly with 27 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, Mike Hood scored 13 points(3-4 from three point range) and Sean Miller-Moore added 10 points. Mikell Cooper lead Bryant and Stratton with 15 points while TJ Schneider added 13 points. Bryant and Stratton fell to 9-3 with the loss a day after an upset win over Triton College.
Moberly 90, Sauk Valley 79
Moberly increased a 47-39 halftime lead to a 22 point margin and withstood a late surge by Sauk Valley to win their quarterfinal game 90-79. Verge lead Moberly in scoring with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while fellow sophomore Sean Miller-Moore had 21 points and 4 assists. Robinson lead Sauk Valley with 25 points while Adams added 20 points.
Moberly returns to action on Dec. 29-30 in the John Wood Trailblazer Classic in Quincy, Illinois.