#21 ranked MACC open 2-0 in West Plains Classic
The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team opened their 2021 season with two victories in the West Plains Classic. On Friday, Moberly defeated National Park CC(Arkansas) by the score of 82-71 while winning over Craig Tyson Prep(Arkansas) 144-68 on Saturday evening. Against National Park, Moberly opened up a 34-26 lead at the half. After leading 52-36 to open up the second half, National Park got within 61-64 with five minutes remaining but Moberly was able to pull away for the 11 point victory. Sophomore guard Dezi Jones lead the Greyhounds with 20 points(3 made treys),6’2” Frosh. guard Antoine Bloxton had a very strong 18 point game, 6’5” Soph. wing Cortez Mosely scored 17 points with 13 rebounds while frosh. PG Jordan Persad scored 10 points with 5 assists. Jakilyn Kaiser scored 18 points to lead National Park while Joe Ramey added 15 points.
Against Tyson Prep, Moberly jumped out to a 76-35 halftime lead on the way to scoring 144 points. Frosh. guard Tyren Moore scored 41 points on 10-13 from three point range, 6’5”soph. forward Aaron Burt scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, Dezi Jones added 21 points, 6’6” frosh wing Makalani Kafele contributed 13 points and Bloxton scored 10 points.
“Very good way to start our season,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “Tough game Friday vs. National Park and although we could have played better, first regular season games are always tough. Kind of a fun game Saturday night and as tough as our schedule gets,we need those games. Still Thought we had a good mindset and improved from in areas of execution from the night before. It’s been a long year waiting to get ready to play and I’m excited for our players along with our fans. Now we finally got to our season and it’s time to improve everyday and get ready to win our next game. It’s been a rush course since we started practice on January 4 and we have to continue to progress every single day to become the type of team we feel we can be. Our players are working hard, good group to coach and looking forward to the season that lies ahead.”
Moberly returns to action this weekend as they play Illinois Prep on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday vs. Link Year Prep on Jan. 30 with both games starting at 7:00 in the Orscheln Properties Classic.