Defeat Three Rivers and West Plains, lose at #6 Mineral Area
The Moberly Area CC Greyhound Men’s Basketball Team opened up Region 16 play with a 2-1 mark after three games in five days. Moberly opened up last Thursday at undefeated and #6 nationally ranked Mineral Area(66-76) before coming back and defeating previous #23 ranked Three Rivers(88-78) and going on the road to win at West Plains(116-107).
Moberly 116, West Plains 107
Moberly jumped at to an early 9-0 lead only to see West Plains come back to lead 58-57 in a wild first half. Moberly jumped out on a 6-0 run to start the second half and never trailed again in the contest. The winners were aided by an excellent 29 of 32 performance at the free throw line. 5’10” PG Dezi Jones lead Moberly with 27 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds while frosh. wing Sincere Parker scored 22 points and collected 7 rebounds. 6’5” sophomore wing Cortez Mosely scored 16 points, had 11 assists and 8 rebounds, Frosh. guard Tully Thomsen came off the bench and scored 15 points(3-5 from three point range), 6’6” frosh. forward Makalani Kafele scored 14 points along with 6 rebounds and frosh. guard Tyren Moore added 10 points. Scooter Williams lead West Plains and all scorers with 30 points while Jesse Zarzuela scored 26 points. West Plains drops to 6-3 with the loss, 1-1 in Region 16 play.
Moberly 88, Three Rivers 78
Moberly jumped to an early 35-15 lead enroute to leading at the half 50-35. However, Three Rivers came roaring back to tie the game at 75-75 with slightly over three minutes remaining. Moberly outscored Three Rivers 13-3 down the stretch to secure the opening region win. Sincere Parker lead Moberly with 23 points, Cortez Mosely added 16 points, Tyren Moore contributed 14 points(3 made treys), Dezi Jones scored 12 points along with 8 assists and Makalani Kafele had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kimyon Hodges lead Three Rivers with 18 points while Kevin Jones scored 14 points. Three Rivers dropped to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in Region 16.
Mineral Area 76, Moberly 66
In the opening region games for both squads at Park Hills, Mo. Mineral Area jumped out to a 35-30 lead at the half. Moberly came back to take a 46-43 lead after 6 minutes of the second stanza. However, Mineral Area went on a 16-0 run to gain a 13 point advantage and the Greyhounds could not threaten again. Parker lead Moberly with 20 points and Dezi Jones had 14 points. Malevy Leons lead Mineral with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Terrion Murdix scored 13 points. Mineral Area improved to 10-0 with the victory.
“It was a crazy start to region play with three games in five day on top of the different start to the season we’ve had this year. Mineral Area is currently the benchmark of our region so far this season and while we did some things well and put us in position to be competitive, we couldn’t finish the task. We lost our way the second half and thought a lot of bad offensive possessions contributed to our downfall. We must find a way to be more consistent and to put it bluntly, not go from playing pretty good to playing bad. We needed to come back against a good Three Rivers team and while we got off to a great start, obviously once again did not maintain the consistency we needed to maintain our good play and lead. However, our players did a tremendous job of finishing the job and closing the game out and we really needed that. Against West Plains, we needed to go on the road and get a key win. However, we just couldn’t stop them the first half and they are really good offensively. Very pleased for the most part with our play the second half and just thought our bench was a great asset to our play and closing the game out. To go 2-1 to start the Regional play is very good for our team and we are capable of getting a lot better and we need to be seeking that level to become the team we are capable of.”
Moberly currently stands 9-3 on the season and will return to action this Saturday in a home Region 16 match up with State Fair CC at 7 pm.