Defeat Mineral Area 86-82 in OT.

In a battle of ranked NJCAA squads, the Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team defeated Mineral Area 86-82 in Overtime on Saturday evening at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.  The Greyhounds got in early foul trouble and trailed throughout the first half but cut the lead to 34-38 at the half. However, Mineral Area came out hot in the second half behind four three pointers early by Gavin Harris to gain a 54-41 lead.   Moberly started cutting into the lead and eventually lead 73-70 but Brett Thompson hit a 30 footer with 3 seconds remaining for Mineral to send the game to OT.  Sincere Parker got a steal and converted for an 83-80 lead and along with perfect free throw shooting down the stretch to seal the victory in overtime.”

Parker lead Moberly with 26 points(4-7 from behind the line), Jimmy Bell had 14 points and 9 rebounds, 6’4” guard Michael Thomas had 14 points and 11 rebounds, 6’5” frosh. James Dent added 14 points and 4 rebounds while Tyren Moore scored 14 points along with 3 assists.    Brett Thompson lead Mineral Area with 17 points(4-8 on three pointers),  Gavin Harris added 16 points(5-10 on treys), Keonte Jones and Jamir Price contributed 14 points each while Terry Ford scored 10 points(3-3 from three point range).

“Just an unbelievable game, one of the best I’ve been involved with in a long coaching career,” said Coach Pat Smith, “I know it’s real easy to say since we came out on top, but it was such a great game between two really good teams.  Mineral Area is such a good team in every phase, just so hard to guard and definitely brought out the best in us because of their high caliber.  I just applaud our players toughness and mindset in having to survive so many different situations, ups and downs and still be able to make winning plays.  This team has come so far and I’m just glad to be along for the ride.  We are so excited about the Regional Championship but there is more to still be accomplished;  We now to need to get ready this week for the District Championship vs. the winner of Region 4 on Saturday and move on to the next step.  I’m just glad to still be playing and coaching this group of young men but we must elevate our goals now to get where we desire to be.”

The #22 nationally ranked Moberly Area Comm. College Greyhounds improved to 26-6 on the season with their 10th consecutive victory.  The Regional Title was the 3rd in 4 seasons for MACC along with their 4th in the last 7 seasons. The #16 nationally ranked Mineral Area dropped to 26-6 on  the season with the loss  and will now await the at-large selections for the NJCAA National Tournament.

Moberly moves on and will host  the winner of Region 4(Triton vs. Kankakee tonight) on Saturday evening at 7 pm at the Fitzsimmons-John Arena on the MACC campus.

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