Defeat Marshalltown, suffer 96-98 defeat to Iowa Western
The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball Team split a pair of games in the inaugural Iowa-Missouri Jr. College Challenge in Sedalia, Missouri. Moberly defeated Marshalltown CC 100-75 on Friday before suffering a tough 98-96 loss to Iowa Western on Saturday. Against Marshalltown, Moberly jumped out to a 48-37 halftime lead and coasted to an easy victory. Markelo Sullivan lead Moberly in scoring with 20 points(4-9 from 3 pt. range), Tyrek Chambers scored 17, Dusan Mahorcic had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Frosh. Cortez Mosely scored 15 points, Eddie Creal added 14 and Dezmond Jones contributed 10 points. Caleb Jones lead Marshalltown with 20 points while Jaqwell Wilson added 16 points.
Against Iowa Western, Moberly jumped out to a 44-28 first half lead before Iowa Western cut it to 52-44 at the half. The Greyhounds enjoyed their biggest lead at 72-60 the second half and 96-92 before Iowa Western scored the last 6 points of the game to gather the win, hitting a lay in with 4 seconds remaining. for the winning margin. Eddie Creal lead the Greyhounds with 19 points, Mosely scored 15, Dezi Jones and Quinton Drayton had 13 points apiece while Juwan Carpenter and Dusan Mahorcic had 10 points each. Josiah Strong had 20 points and Jalen Dalcourt had 18 points to lead Iowa Western. Moberly dropped to 4-1 with the loss while Iowa Western improved to 3-2 on the season.
“A very tough loss in that’s it a game we had a couple of commanding leads but couldn’t get enough stops to keep control of the game and get the win,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “When you score 96 points that should be enough to come out on top. However, I really give Iowa Western and Coach Johnette a lot of credit, they did a great job of hanging in there and making plays at the end of the game. We had a lot of breakdowns that caused our demise. I always say an early season loss is not the end of the world if we learn from it and get better. We played 5 games in 9 days, probably had some slippage from lack of practice and must use this week to improve, self scout and get better. It starts with me, I must do a better job and look forward to practice time.”
Moberly returns to action this Friday, November 15 against Butler Co. CC in the State Fair CC Laser Image Classic at 3 pm.