To close out the 2012-13 regular season schedule the Bears had a  critical NCCAA Southwest Region match-up against Dallas Christian on Friday, February 8th and a rematch with Rhema Bible the following Saturday.

The Bears entered Friday’s game 3-2 in region play and a win would guarantee them a first round bye in the five team tournament. Early on in the first half, the Bears suffered two key injuries and found themselves finishing the game with seven players but were still able to give themselves an opportunity to win. However, in the final five minutes of the game, the Bears gave up some crucial offensive rebounds which the Crusaders capitalized on as they pulled out a 95-81 victory.

Saturday, the Bears faced Rhema Bible. The Bears beat the Eagles in the first game of the year 118-117 but this game featured two much different teams. The Bears came out slow and watched the Eagles build a double digit lead by halftime. In the second half, the Bears made one rally to get the game back to single digits but ran out gas. The Eagles won 87-64.

The Bears finished the regular season 15-7 and 8-2 in conference play. They will play Calvary Bible in the opening round of the MCCC Tournament on Thursday, February 14th at 2:30 PM CST.

Lady Bears were on the road this last weekend, playing games in Dallas, TX and Tulsa, OK.

Friday night the Barclay women’s team arrived in Dallas, TX to face Dallas Christian. The Lady Bears came out flat and lacked the energy needed to stay in the game. The Lady Bears were in for a long haul the second half if they were to make up for their 10 point deficit. Dallas Christian came out and controlled the second half, much like the first, leaving the Lady Bears with a 40-72 loss.

Saturday evening the Lady Bears made their way north to play Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, OK. The Lady Bears showed improvement from the night before coming out with scrappy defense. However, their inability to keep the Lady Eagles from crashing the offensive boards amounted to them losing 36-65.

The Barclay women’s team will be back in action this weekend for their MCCC Tournament held in Joplin, MO playing their first game against Ozark Christian Thursday at 6:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – On Senior night for Shane Brown and Toney Hatton, the Bears were able to come away victorious against the Central Bible College Spartans.

Even though the Bears found themselves in foul trouble early in the game, Senior Shane Brown and Sophomore Brandon Howarth helped the Bears maintain an eight point lead heading into the half.

In the second half it looked like the Bears were getting ready to pull away, but the Spartans picked up their defensive intensity, forced some turnovers, and got hot from behind the arc. In a matter of minutes the Bears found themselves down nine with roughly five minutes to go. However, the Bears mounted a come back of their own with some interior scores and several trips to the free throw line. In the closing minutes the Bears went up five and held on to win 91-88.

The two seniors were huge contributors in the win. Brown went for 15 points and 4 rebounds while Hatton added 17 points and 7 rebounds. There were three other Bears in double digits including Sophomore Charles Brodhead with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Howarth with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Sophomore Spencer Huiatt with 12 points and 8 assists.

The Bears completed their 2012-13 home schedule with a 9-1 mark. They stand 15-5 overall and travel to Dallas Christian this coming Friday for an 8:00 PM CST start. On Saturday they will travel to Tulsa, OK to play Rhema Bible at 6:00 PM CST.

Haviland, KS – The Barclay women’s basketball team faced NCTA on Tuesday night for their last home game of the season.

It was obvious the momentum from this weekend carried over when the Lady Bears jumped to a 21-4 lead early in the game. The Lady Bears were in complete control for the duration of the game, winning 69-46 over the Aggies.

Leading the way for the Lady Bears was Sophomore Jamie Larsh (Santa Cruz, CA) with 27 points. Her 9-12 outing from behind the arch broke the Barclay women’s record for most three pointers made in a game.

Senior Kaylee Miller (Great Bend, KS) shared her thoughts on the game, “Having the whole team come out with a lot of energy was key to setting the tone for the game. Not only did that make for an easy win, it made my last home game at Barclay a lot of fun because I got to see my teammates come together and play for each other.”

Next action for the Lady Bears will be this Friday vs. Dallas Christian at 6:00PM CST and Saturday vs. Rhema Bible at 4:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – This last weekend home stand brought positive results for the Lady Bears as they hosted two MCCC teams.

Friday night the Barclay Women’s had a rematch with Calvary Bible. The Lady Bears led wire to wire this time around and the result was a 63-40 win. Leading the Lady Bears with 7 three pointers was Sophomore Jamie Larsh (Santa Cruz, CA). Also contributing was Junior Brandi Moral (Great Bend, KS) with 15 points.

Saturday the Barclay Women’s team hosted Ozark Christian. After already beating the Lady Ambassadors once this season, the Lady Bears knew what needed to be done. Although the Barclay Women were in control of the game throughout, their poor shooting allowed the Lady Ambassadors to stay within striking distance. Tough defense prevailed as the Bears won  58-49. Leading Barclay in scoring was Freshman Raelyn Epp (Weatherford, OK) who poured in 23 points.

The Lady Bears will play their last home game of the season this Tuesday at 7:00PM CST vs. NCTA. It will be senior night and the Bears will honor seniors Kaylee Miller and Artaya Climes.

Haviland, KS- Heading into their final two Midwest Christian College Conference regular season games, the Bears needed two wins to keep their hopes alive for a conference championship. On Friday they hosted Calvary Bible and then Ozark Christian was in town on Saturday. Friday night, the Warriors of Calvary took on the Bears for the second time in the last two weeks. Although the Warriors zone defense caused the Bears fits in their prior meeting, this time around the Bears knifed through the zone and built a 37-19 halftime lead on their way to a 77-56 victory. The Bears had five players in double figures in the scoring column. Saturday afternoon, the Bears were in for a real battle with Ozark Christian. In their prior meeting in Joplin, MO the Bears held a lead deep into the second half before the Ambassadors snuck out a two point victory. The only thing different about this match up was the end result. The two teams were evenly matched and the action was back and forth throughout until the Bears stormed back from eight points down to take the lead with four minutes remaining. Down the stretch the Bears made free throws and capped the game off with a dunk by Freshman Titus Gwess. The Bears stellar 29-32 free throw shooting performance and some timely three point buckets in the second half allowed them to pull out the victory 82-73. Sophomore Spencer Huiatt led the Bears with 21 points and five assists, Sophomore Charles Brodhead added 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Gwess chipped in 17 points. The Bears finished MCCC play 8-2 which was good for second place behind Manhattan Christian. Overall the Bears are 14-5 and will play their final home game against Central Bible College at 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday, February 5th. It will be the final home game for seniors Toney Hatton and Shane Brown.

Haviland, KS – Tuesday night, the Barclay women’s basketball team hosted Manhattan Christian a Midwest Christian College Conference game.

Not long into the first half, the Lady Bears dug themselves into a hole and it wasn’t until the last five minutes of the half that their intensitiy on defense kicked it up a notch. However, this still left the Lady Bears trailing 47-25 at the half.

Barlcay women came out the second half and played their best pressure defense of the season but this was not enough to help them climb out of the hole they got themselves into the first half, leaving the Lady Bears with an 80-41 loss to the Lady Crusaders .

Next action for the Barclay women will take place this weekend with two home games played Friday vs. Calvary Bible at 6:00PM CST and Saturday vs. Ozark Christian at 1:00PM CST.

Haviland, KS – With first place in the Midwest Christian College Conference on the line, the Crusaders of Manhattan Christian and the Bears went toe to toe on Tuesday night. Early on in the game, it was a defensive juggernaut for both squads. The Bears took the early lead thanks to their interior play, however, the Crusaders began to break down the Bear defense with their drive and kick offense to take a 33-29 halftime lead. Midway through the second half, the Crusaders put together a run which built a double digit lead in which the Bears could never recover from. With under two minutes to go, the Bears trailed by just three, 63-60, but the Crusaders were able to knock down enough free throws and hit a clutch mid-range jumper to seal the victory 72-65. The Bears picked the wrong night to go cold from the field, shooting a dismal 33% from the field, including 23% from behind the arc, and 58% from the free throw line. Senior Toney Hatton led the Bears with 28 points and 7 boards but was one of only two players to score double digit points on the night. “It was a grind-it-out type of game which you would expect in this caliber of a game,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “We made improvements in some areas but were just unable to make enough plays, especially down the stretch. Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and use this as fuel to finish out strong.” The Bears (12-5, 6-2) will finish MCCC play with a pair of games in Haviland this weekend. On Friday at 8:00 PM CST they host Calvary Bible and then Ozark Christian is in town on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Haviland, KS – On Saturday the Barclay Lady Bears were once again matched up against another NCCAA top ten ranked team, Central Christian College of the Bible.

The Lady Bears went into the game knowing that the Lady Saints bench was packed with incredible athletes who could all shoot the ball. Not far into the game, this came into reality for the Lady Bears as their pressure defense could not stop the Lady Saints from scoring, leaving CCCB up 49-25 at the half.

In the second half the Lady Bears switched up their defense hoping to hinder the Lady Saints, but in the end it was not enough as the Lady Saints won 85-47.

Barclay women are back in action at home this Tuesday, January 29th against Manhattan Christian at 5:30PM CST.

Haviland, KS – Following a tough NCCAA regional road loss on Tuesday, the Bears bounced back in a big way with home victories over St. Louis Christian and Central Christian College of the Bible.

On Friday, January 25th the Bears hosted MCCC opponent St. Louis Christian. The Bears started the game out on a 15-0 run in route to a 111-65 win over the Warriors. The Bears had five players in double figures led by Senior Toney Hatton’s 18 points and 8 rebounds, Sophomore Charles Brodhead’s 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Sophomore Spencer Huiatt’s 17 points and 11 assists.

CCCB was in town for homecoming on Saturday and the Bears didn’t skip a beat from the night before. Heading into the half, the Bears led by 24 points and finished the game with a win, 94-58. Sophomore Brandon Howarth led all players with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

With two more conference wins the Bears improved to 6-1 in conference with three games remaining. They host Manhattan Christian on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:30, who is also 6-1 in conference play.