Lose to host Southeastern Iowa, #11 Indian Hills.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team dropped two games in the Iowa-Missouri Challenge held at Southeastern Comm. College in West Burlington, Iowa this past weekend.  On Friday evening, Moberly was defeated by host Southeastern Iowa 70-66.  After trailing 34-37 at the half, Moberly fell behind 55-42 before making a late run to challenge the Blackhawks but failed to get a couple of late stops needed.   The Greyhounds were lead in scoring by freshman guard Tyren Moore with 26 points while sophomore wing Michael Thomas scored 11 points.   Southeastern Iowa was lead by Jesiah West with 16 points, Davion Bailey added 14 points,  Bruce Carpenter scored 13 points while Jakada Stone contributed 11 points.  Moberly shot 22-71 for the contest and 5-27 from three point range while hitting 17 of 28 free throws.

Against Indian Hills, Moberly trailed 27-35 at the half and after getting within 5 points midway thru the second half, could not bridge the gap and was defeated 73-82.  Sincere Parker lead Moberly with 22 points, Michael Thomas scored 12 points and Jimmy Bell had a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Eddian Tirado lead #11 nationally ranked Indian Hills with 29 points(9-16 from three point range), Braxton Bayless scored 18 points(10-13 from the free throw line) and J’Vonne Hadley had 13 points.

“Obviously, two very tough games against two high quality opponents,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “ Did not get the results we wanted but didn’t play well enough to win either game.  We were awful offensively this weekend in terms of offensive flow, hitting shots and executing to get the shots we desired.  When your shooting percentages in all three areas are as bad as we were, you’re not going to beat teams like we played.  While their defenses definitely played a part in that, we must improve our decisions and attack on that end.  We could have played better and consistent defense as well, especially in not putting opponents at the free throw line as much.  However, we needed to play these games to see where we were at as a team, what we must improve and changes we need to make to become the team we want to be.  We will be better for this and glad we have some practice time.”

Moberly dropped to 3-2 on the season and will return to action this Friday in the State Fair Classic vs. Lewis and Clark CC at 5:30 pm.

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