Defeat West Plains and State Fair.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team won two NJCAA Region 16 contests within the past week. Moberly defeated State Fair 92-56 on Wed., Jan. 26 and then went on the road to win at West Plains 96-68 this past Monday. Against State Fair, Moberly jumped out to a 47-26 halftime lead and coasted to the victory.  6’5” wing Sincere Parker lead MAC with a game high 27 points(4 made treys), 6’4” wing Michael Thomas added 19 points(5 made threes) while Tyren Moore and 6’10” post Jimmy Bell scored 10 points each.  Ljeoma lead State Fair with 14 points as State Fair dropped to 13-8 with the loss.

At West Plains, Moberly spurted to lead 53-33 at the half.  After the lead got down to 14 points, Moberly eventually stretched the lead to 32  points before winning 96-68.  Thomas lead MACC with 19 points(5-7 from behind the line), Parker scored 18 points, freshman James Dent scored 16 points(4-7 from 3 pt. range), Moore contributed 14 points with 6 assists while 6’6” forward Makalani Kafele scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds.  Sterling White lead West Plains with 16 points while Mehdi Pissis scored 12 points as West Plains dropped to 9-15 with the loss.

“After a 7 game winning streak, we played two very good teams and to be honest, did not play well or Greyhound Basketball in those losses,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “We went back to work and wanted to reinvent, recreate who we are and who we want to be on  a consistent, day-in day-out basis.  We played very well the last two games but the schedule only gets tougher and now we’re really down to every game being important and the only time of the season that really matters.  We really needed to move the ball better on offense and more solid with our defensive effort with a need to continue on that path.  We are always interested in where we are at any particular time and this is the part of the season where we want to be a really good team.”

Moberly improved to 18-6 with the two victories and 5-3 in Region 16.  The Greyhounds next game will be Saturday, February 5 as they host #10 nationally ranked Mineral Area at 7 pm in the Hall of Fame induction Presentation.

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