Improves to 14-4 with 5th consecutive victory.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team won two games in the John Wood CC Classic held December 30-31 in Quincy, Illinois.  Moberly defeated Lake Land College(Il.) 94-84 on Friday after posting a victory over Kirkwood CC(Iowa) 95-63 in the opening round.  Against Lake Land, Moberly trailed 68-58 with ten minutes remaining before ending the game on a 36-16 run to gain the win.  The Greyhounds had all five starters score in double figures lead by 6’5” wing Sincere Parker with 26 points and 7 rebounds, 6’10” post Jimmy Bell scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, 6’6” forward Makalani Kafele with 17 points and 10 rebounds, PG Tyren Moore added 15 points and 12 assists while 6’5” frosh. wing James Dent contributed 12 points. Lake Land was lead in scoring by LeRoy Walker with 20 points, Everette Stubblefield added 20 points and Amar Kuijuhovic scored 11 points. Lake Land dropped to 9-6 on the season with the loss.

Against Kirkwood, Moberly jumped out to a 48-23 halftime lead behind an excellent defensive first half performance and was never threatened the second half.  Moore lead MACC with 22 points(4-6 from three point range), Parker scored 21 points(3-4 from behind the arc), Dent added 15 points(3-5 from three range) and Kafele contributed 13 points(3-3 from three point range.  For the game, Moberly was 13-20 from three point range.  Kirkwood was lead in scoring by Dre Anderson with 18 points and Dante Eldridge added 10 points.  Kirkwood dropped to 10-5 on the season with the loss.

“Very pleased with how we ended the first semester winning the Highland (Il.) Tournament title,” said Coach Pat Smith, “likewise,  how we came out of the gates the second semester with two good performances.  Both teams we competed against are very good teams, very different, and our guys did a tremendous job of staying the course and toughing out the win vs. Lake Land.  Still need to be more consistent in all areas and keep progressing to the point of never wavering from what we need to be as a basketball squad.  We’ve made a lot of progress and look forward to continuing to face the challenges in front of us.”

Moberly won their 5th straight game to improve to 14-4 on the season.  They return to action in NJCAA Region 16 by hosting Missouri State-West Plains on Wednesday, January 5 Great 7 pm in the Fitzsimmons-John Arena.

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