Improves to 13-4 overall to start 2nd semester
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team opened the 2nd half of their schedule with two victories in the John Wood Community College Trailblazer Classic in Quincy, Illinois this past Monday and Tuesday. Moberly defeated Moraine Valley(Ill.) 101-73 in the opening game and then needed overtime to overcome Henry Ford Comm. College(Michigan) 93-90. Against Moraine Valley, Moberly lead only 40-38 at halftime before opening the game up early in the 2nd half and outscoring their opponents 61-35 during the second stanza. Sophomore wing Quinton Drayton lead Moberly in scoring with 23 points(6-8 from three point range), Frosh. forward Corez Mosely added 20 points, Frosh. guard Dezi Jones had 14 points, soph. wing Markelo Sullivan contributed 13 points and 6’9” soph. Post Dusan Mahorcic had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Dontia Johnson lead Moraine Valley in scoring with 18 points while Trevon Joness added 15 points while Moraine Valley saw their schedule drop to 12-2 with the loss.
Against Henry Ford Comm. College, Moberly trailed 36-37 at the half but saw Henry Ford lead 57-46 with 13 minutes remaining. However, Moberly came back and lead by 6 points with 4 minutes remaining only to see Henry Ford come back and force overtime. After trailing by 4 in the OT, Moberly came back to tie the game. Cortez Mosely got fouled on an offensive put back attempt and hit the second free throw to give Moberly a 91-90 lead with 1 second remaining. Eddie Creal lead Moberly with 32 points and 10 rebounds, Frosh. guard Tyrek Chambers added 23 points(20 in the second half), Dezi Jones scored 14 points, Markelo Sullivan contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds while Mosely had 11 points as well. Leon Ayers had 32 points to lead Henry Ford and Daniel Autrey had 24 points.
“A good way to start the second semester against two quality opponents ,” said Coach Pat Smith, “Thought our pressure defense really influenced the game against Moraine Valley and played a really strong 2nd half. Against Henry Ford, we ran into a very good basketball team that was playing very well. It wasn’t perfect but really applaud our guys for a tough, gutsy win and the mentality to make enough plays to have a positive outcome. Great games going into the heat of our schedule and the start of conference and region play.”
Moberly improves to 13-4 with their 9th victory in their last 11 games and returns to action this Saturday, January 4 against nationally ranked Southeastern Iowa at 7 pm in West Burlington, Iowa.