112-108 Victory in high scoring Region 16 action
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team came from 20 points down in the second half to defeat State Fair CC 112-108 Saturday night at Fitzsimmons-John Arena. After trailing 58-41 at the half, Moberly soon found themselves down 43-63 early in the second half. However, Moberly used pressure defense to gradually climb back in the game and tie the game at 84 all and eventually grab a 93-92 lead they would not relinquish. Alonzo Verge, Jr. lead Moberly in scoring with 31 points(27 the second half), Billy Thomas added 22 points (4-9 from three point range), Sean Miller-Moore scored 14 points, Dallas Morgan contributed 13(8-8 free throws) and Randy Miller, Jr. scored 10 points. 6’6” forward JaQualis Matlock lead with 10 rebounds. Tim Leavell lead State Fair in scoring with 30 points(3-5 from three point range), AJ Walker scored 24 points(4-8 on treys), Toles added 19, Coleman contributed 14 and Dru Smith scored 13 points.
“An unbelievable game, they are very talented offensively and we just didn’t have any grasp on stopping them the first 25 minutes of the game,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “However, give our players a lot of credit for hanging in there, we grabbed some momentum starting with defensive stops and made just enough players to pull out a tough win. I give State Fair a lot of credit, they are a very good basketball team. This team has shown a continual ability to stay the course and win tough games and perservere through adversity. A tremendous win and now it’s onto the next practice, next game.”
The #8 ranked Moberly squad improved to 25-3 on the season with their 10th straight victory while moving to 7-0 in Region play. Along with being the #1 seed in the Regional Tournament March 1-3, they also clinched the MCCAC Conference Title for the second straight season. State Fair drops to 18-8 on the season and 3-4 in Region 16.