Defeat Three Rivers  65-59, lose to #5 John Logan 72-76.

The Moberly Area Comm. College Men’s Basketball  Team split their  weekend road trip as they defeated Three Rivers 65-59 and then was defeated by #5 nationally ranked John Logan 72-76 in the St. Louis CC Shootout on Sunday.  Against Three Rivers, Moberly grabbed an early 11-3 lead and eventually lead 32-26 at the half.  After stretching the lead to 17 points, Moberly had to  hold off a late Three Rivers surge to post the victory.  Sincere Parker lead Moberly in scoring with 17 points and 9 rebounds, Makalani Kafele added 16 points and 8 rebounds while Jimmy Bell contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds.  Lamar Wilkerson lead Three Rivers with 21 points, Kinyon Hodges scored 18 points and Keith Kiner added 15 points. Moberly improved to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in Region 16 competition while Three Rivers dropped to 6-6 and 0-2 in regional play.

Against #5 nationally ranked John Logan College in the St. Louis CC Shootout, John Logan grabbed a 36-33 halftime lead.       Moberly came back to grab a 72-66 lead with a little over 3 minutes remaining but was outscored 10-0 down the stretch to lose control of the game.  Jimmy Bell lead Moberly with 16 points and 17 rebounds, Sincere Parker scored 15 points to go with 6 rebounds and Guard Tyren Moore scored 13 points along with 6 assists.  Sean East lead John Logan with 28 points(12-14 from the line), Cam Alford added 12 points and Cody Barnes scored 10 points.  John Logan improved to 10-1 with the victory while Moberly dropped to 9-4.

“This was an extremely tough, grueling three game stretch we just played, “ said Coach Patrick Smith, “After a tough, emotional loss  to Mineral Area, I was extremely pleased how our guys came back on the road at Three Rivers against a good team.  Against John Logan, just really proud  how hard our guys battled and put ourselves in position to win the game.  Obviously very disappointed in how the game ended, wish I could have done something to manufacture points and get defensive stops we never accomplished.  However, as hard as it is, you have the accept the outcome and get better from it and realize we are close to becoming the type of team we want to be.  Back to the drawing board and looking forward to finishing the semester strong.”

MACC will finish the first semester competition by playing in the Highland (Il.) CC Christmas Tournament which is an 8 team event held on December 10-11 this upcoming weekend.

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