Defeat Rock Valley and Highland to improve to 8-2.

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team won two games in the MACC Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend at the Fitzsimmons-John Arena.  Moberly defeated Rock Valley 92-60 on Friday evening as they jumped out to a 51-25 halftime lead and coasted to the victory.  Sincere Parker lead Moberly in scoring with 18 points while
Tyren Moore added 14 points and Michael Thomas scored 13 points.  Rock Valley was lead in scoring by Markovic with 18 points while Burnell added 14 points.  Rock Valley dropped to 4-4 with the loss.

In the classic finale, Moberly defeated Highland CC(Ill.) 98-76.  Moberly lead 40-34 at the half and eventually extended the lead to 67-43 before Highland closed within seven points.  Moberly spurted again the last five minutes to post the 22 point victory. Sincere Parker lead Moberly with a career high 41 points while fellow returnee Tyren Moore added 24 points and 9 assists with 6’10” post Jimmy Bell contributing 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.  Highland was lead in scoring by Nur with 15 points, Ramsey added 14 points while Baker scored 13 points.  Moberly improved to 8-2 for the season while extending their winning streak to five games while Highland drops to 6-3 with the loss.

“I thought we played well this weekend in both contests,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “At times we’re very good for November, but we have to do a better job of sustaining our defensive intensity and offensive execution.  The games only get tougher and I’m excited for our team as we head into this part of our schedule with the opportunity to continue our progression to becoming the squad we want to be.  Lots of positives, must continue to strive to eliminating bad plays, decisions and the situations we don’t execute.  It’s how close to 40 minutes  you can play good basketball that ultimately decides your fate against the really good teams we’re getting ready to play. We have improved and must continue to seek the next level individually and as a team.”

Moberly returns to action this Wednesday as they open NJCAA Region 16 competition by hosting Mineral Area College at 7:00 pm.

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