5th Title in 6 seasons at 8 team event

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team won the 8 team Highland (Ill.) CC Tournament by defeating host Highland 81-78 in the finals of the William Bear Invitational in Freeport, Illinois. Moberly came back to gain a 50-48 halftime lead after trailing for most of the first half.  They eventually stretched the lead to 8 points late in the game and withstood a late Highland rally to post their 5th Championship in the last 6 seasons in the Highland Tourney.  Point guard Tyren Moore (All Tournament) lead Moberly with 18 points and 10 assists, Freshman post Dorian Staples scored 17 points with 13 rebounds, Sophomore guard Michael Thomas posted 16 points and 6 rebounds  while  Tournament MVP Sincere Parker had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Highland was lead by Stephan Gabriel with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Carlos Ramsey added 16 points and 7’2” post Omar Nur scored 12 points.  

“Tremendous effort by our guys in winning 3 games in 30 hours and beating a very good Highland team on their home court,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “ It was a tale of two halves as the first half was an offensive explosion by both teams and the second half turned into a grind-it-out defensive battle. We’ve always taken tremendous pride in winning this tournament with the toughness nature of winning 3 games in 2 days.  Very proud of this team and how much improvement we’ve made this semester; however the second semester is what really counts in terms of what we want to ultimately accomplish as a team.  Very glad our guys get a break to go home and spend time with their families but looking forward to the second semester and pursuing our team goals.”

Moberly improved to 12-4 on the season (9 wins in last 11 games) while Highland dropped to 10-4 with the loss.


In the semi-finals Saturday morning at 11 am, Moberly jumped out to a 42-28 halftime lead and won 80-69 to reach the championship game.  Sincere Parker lead Moberly with 26 points(4-8 from three point range), frosh. guard James Dent went 5-10 from behind the arc to score 15 points and Michael Thomas added 10 points. Morton (10-2) was lead in scoring by Xavier Spencer with 21 points, JR Cison scored 18 points and Keondre Johnson added 11 points.  Morton had defeated Southeastern Iowa in the quarterfinals to reach the semi finals.


In the opening round of the Tournament, Moberly defeated Sauk Valley 81-64.    Tourney MVP Sincere Parker lead the Greyhounds with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Makalani Kafele had 13 points and 10 rebounds,  Tyren Moore added 12 points, Michael Thomas scored 11 points while Dorian Staples contributed 10 points.  Sauk Valley (7-5) was lead in scoring by Andre Brandon with 13 points while Cade  Nailor and Jamal Winston scored 12 points.  Moberly posted 25 offensive rebounds in the contest and had over 18 offensive rebounds in all three games.

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