At the conclusion of the NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament held February 28th-March 1, the region announced the all-region members. Among the winners were three Lady Bears: Seniors Sarah Sullivan and Brandi Morale and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp.
Sullivan averaged 9.2 points, 8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game during her senior season to earn SW Region Honorable Mention honors.
Morale only played second semester this season but managed to lead the Bears in scoring with 15 points a game, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In her two region tournament games she went for 36 and 18 points to help earn her Second Team All-SW Region honors.
Epp has probably been the most consistent Lady Bear during the course of the season as she averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 3 assists per game in her second season. She also made the Second Team All-SW Region Team to go along with being a Second Team MCCC winner and the NCCAA Division II Student Athlete of the Week once this year.
Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) hosted this years NCCAA Division II Southwest Region Tournament in which the Bears were the 5th seed. They faced Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) for the fourth time. In the three previous meetings, the Ambassadors were able to come away victorious every time but in their final two matches, the Bears had narrowed the gap and looked to have a chance at an opening round upset.
The Ambassadors came out in their usual 2-2-1 press but gave the Bears a new look by falling back into a 2-3 zone. This new look proved to be a great switch as the Bears turned the ball over with great regularity in the half court. By the midway point, the Bears had already committed 18 turnovers and had dug themselves into a deep hole, trailing 24-49. Unfortunately, the Bears could not alter the course of the game, as the Ambassadors forced another 14 turnovers in the second half to easily win 85-52.
The loss officially ended the Bears 2013-14 campaign. They ended the season 3-21 overall and 3-6 in MCCC play.
Head Coach Royce Bryan concluded,”Losing isn’t fun and it will never be fun. I feel bad that our seniors had to end their basketball careers on a note like that but am very proud of the growth that I have seen in them while they have been in the program and the men they have become. Many valuable lessons were learned by all people involved with the program this year and I am excited to see what fruit comes from it in the days to come.”
On Thursday, February 27th the Lady Bears went into their loaded Southwest Region Tournament seeded 5th and looking for some payback against Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO), who had already handed them three loses this year. With three of the top 10 teams in the nation in the Southwest Region, the Lady Bears first focused on gaining momentum with a win against the Ambassadors.
The game was back and forth for most of the first half as the Lady Bears, without three starters, played very good defensively. At halftime the Lady Bears held onto a 36-33 lead. The second half was more of the same as these two familiar opponents would not give ground. In the end, a late push by the Lady Bears propelled them to a 69-61 victory. Senior Brandi Moral lead the Bears with a monster 34 point and 15 rebound performance while Senior Sarah Sullivan continued to make her presence felt with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
#1 seed Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) was up next for the Lady Bears. The Saints went into the game ranked 4th in the nation and they proved why. Even with the Lady Bears 3 main scorers having good games, the Saints were able to pull away for a 90-60 victory. Morale led the team again with 18 points, Sullivan chipped in 16, and Sophomore RaeLyn Epp added 15 points.
In conclusion Head Coach Brad Lingafelter said, “I was very proud of the girls. Playing in a tournament of this caliber without three of your starters is a tall task to overcome. We played really well in both games. The biggest key was that we played really hard and gave great effort. Brandi and Sarah were both fantastic this weekend and it is a nice performance for these two seniors to go out on.”
Friday evening the Midwest Christian College Conference paused at their annual tournament to acknowledge both the men’s and women’s all-conference winners from the regular season. On the women’s side, Sophomore RaeLyn Epp received Second Team honors while Junior Tommy Leach received Honorable Mention honors on the men’s side.
Epp has had a memorable second year with the Bears. She has already been name the NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week once this year and leads the Bears in multiple statistical categories.
Leach, also in his second year at Barclay College, has led the Bears in scoring for most of the season, including being among the leaders in the nation in free-throw percentage (80%).
“Both RaeLyn and Tommy have done an incredible job representing Barclay College and their teams both on and off the court. They have been thrust into leadership roles and their God-given talents have shown through. We are very proud of them in their accomplishments and look forward to watching and partnering with them in their future endeavors,” commented Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Royce Bryan.
Last week the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team traveled to the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO for their annual Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament.
The Bears entered the tournament as the 6th seed and took on #3 Ozark Christian College in the opening game of the tournament at high noon on February 20th. Two weeks prior, these two teams squared off in Haviland where the Amabassadors closed the final four minutes out with some clutch free throws to win 106-94. This time around Ozark jumped out to an early lead before the Bears started firing on all cylinders to close the gap to six by halftime. The game was back and forth in the second half. The Ambassadors would stretch the lead to double figures on several occasion but every time the Bears would answer their run with a run of their own. Freshman Caleb Davis kept the Bears within striking distance with a 36 point performance on 13-21 shooting from the filed, but the Bears could never get closer than six points. In the end the Bears would fall 82-96.
The following day, the Bears faced Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) in a consolation game. The Bears had won by double digits in the previous two meeting between the two, but this one would come down to the wire. Even though the Bears connected on their first three shots from long range and led by twelve just five minutes into the game, the Warriors roared back and took a seven point lead into the second half. Taking advantage of mismatches, the Bears erased the deficit quickly and seemed in control only to fail to score a field goal in the final four minutes to lose 65-66.
In the two tournament games, Davis scored 57 points on 20-36 shooting, including 8-18 from three, 6 assists, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Bears are next in action Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) against Ozark Christian College in the opening round of the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament. It is a win or go home tournament with a bid to the National Tournament in Ohio at stake. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST on Thursday, February 27th.
On Monday, the Midwest Christian College Conference released the 2014 Tournament Bracket for both men’s and women’s basketball. This year’s men’s and women’s tournament will be hosted by Central Christian College of the Bible located in Moberly, MO.
On the women’s side, the Lady Bears earned the #4 seed and will play #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 2:00 PM on Thursday, February 20th with an opportunity to take on top-seeded Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at stake.
The men, on the other hand, lost out on being the 5th seed because Central Christian College of the Bible had one less loss than the Bears and, therefore, had a higher winning percentage. The Bears will take on #3 Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) to open up the tournament at 12:00 PM on Thursday afternoon.
Brackets can be seen below:
MCCC 2014 Tourney Bracket – Womens
MCCC 2014 Tourney Bracket – Men’s
Saturday afternoon the Lady Bears concluded a busy week when they took to the court in Omaha, NE for their final regular season game. Two days before they played at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist in Moore, OK and in the same week played their final home game of the season against Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS).
On the heals of two tough losses against NCCAA Division II nationally ranked opponents, the Lady Bears rose to the occasion on Saturday. Grace University matched the Bears shot for shot in the early minutes of the game, but the Bears found their stride and took a lead into the locker room at the midway juncture. In the second half the Lady Bears overcame adversity and some sketchy officiating to hold onto their lead. In the final minutes the Lady Bears connected on their free throws to escape with a solid road win, 72-62
With the win on Saturday, the Bears finished the season winning four out of their last seven games to earn the #4 seed in the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament set to begin on Thursday, February 20th. The Bears will take on #5 Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 2:00 PM CST on the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO.
The Barclay College Bears Men’s Basketball team concluded its regular season this last week with their last home game on Tuesday, February 11th against Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) and then a pair of road games at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) and at Grace University (Omaha, NE) over the weekend.
Saturday afternoon the Bears traveled to Omaha, NE for what will probably be the last time the Bears will take on Grace University since the Royals will be transitioning into NAIA Division II. Out of the gate the Bears connected on their first couple of shots to put the Royals on their heals and then kept the game within reach at 20-27 with just over 8 minutes left in the first half. However, that was when Grace hit a barrage of threes to ignite a 19-2 run to close the half. Even though the Bears outscored the Royals in the second half, the Bears could not compete with unbelievable 61% shooting from behind the arc as the Royals put the game out of reach early in the half.
Last Thursday afternoon, the Bears played their last Southwest Region game of the year against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist. The game was originally schedule for early February but was rescheduled because of the weather. The Saints started the game on an 18-0 run before the Bears finally connected from the field. Seconds before the half, the Bears only trailed by 12, but the Saints sank a three at the buzzer to extend the lead to 15. The Bears would once again close the lead to 12 several minutes into the second half, only to see Hillsdale extend the lead back to twenty where it remained. The Saints would win 85-60.
Senior night was Tuesday, February 11th for the Bears as they honored Seniors Austin Ogle, Tyler Mullikin, and Pilo Miranda-Troup. Manhattan looked to remain undefeated in the MCCC with a tough road test. Earlier in the year the Bears fell to the Crusaders on the road by just ten. This time around Manhattan took advantage of the Bears 28% first half shooting from the field to build a 13 point lead. Once again, a Bears opponent got hot from behind the arc as the Crusaders connected on an unheard of 62% of their shots from behind the arc to win 93-68.
Post Season play begins on Thursday afternoon for the Bears on the campus of Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO. #3 Ozark Christian College will be the Bears first round opponent and game time is schedule for 12:00 PM CST.
Friday and Saturday saw Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) come to Hockett Auditorium for a pair of Midwest Christian College Conference games.
Up first were the Lady Warriors from Calvary. The game was a tough one in the first half as both teams fought hard. After 20 minutes the Lady Bears held a 5 point lead, 32-27. The beginning of the second half was dominated by the Bears as they raced out to a 16 point lead. Then Calvary put on a press that really bothered the Bears and as time winded down, it was the Bear’s Sophomore ReaLyn Epp that connected from three to knot the game up at 60-60 and force overtime. The Lady Bears regrouped and outscored Calvary in overtime by four to win 68-64. Freshmen Mercedeez Bell had her best game of the year, leading the Lady Bears with 21 points. Senior Brandi Moral chipped in 16 points and Freshmen Mikeal Wilder also put in 15 points.
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter remarked, “First I want to give Calvary a ton of praise. They could have quit when we built the big lead but they just kept on coming back. I also think my team did a great job of regaining composure and closing the deal.”
On Saturday the Lady Bears faced a much improved Ozark Christian squad from a year ago. The game was neck and neck the whole way through. The Lady Ambassadors were able to outscore the Bears in the first half by a score of 42-37. The second half seemed to be a mere replica of the first half as the Lady Ambassadors once again out-scored the Bears in the second half 44-38 for a 86-75 win on the Bears’ home court. Moral led the Bears with 18 points while Epp and Freshman Brooke White contributed 16 and 15 points respectively. Following the game, Lingafelter loved the growth and improvement he has seen in his young squad but also noted that they need to keep pushing on.
This week the Bears will host Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) at 5:00 PM CST on Tuesday. They will travel to Moore, OK to take on Hillsdale Free Will Baptist on Thursday at 2:00 PM and then head north to Omaha, NE to play Grace University at 2:00 PM on Saturday.
With the end of the regular season drawing near for the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team, their was a sense of urgency in Hockett Auditorium over the weekend. The Bears hosted Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) on Friday night and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) on Saturday afternoon.
Friday night the Bears looked to sweep the regular season series against Calvary Bible. At the start of the game, however, the Warriors came out hot and built a lead deep into the first half before the Bears closed the gap just before halftime, 36-36. Paced by Junior Tommy Leach, the Bears wore down the Warriors and took advantage of their thin bench. By the five minute mark, the Bears had built a 20 point lead and then held onto win 73-60 to improve to 3-4 in the MCCC. Leach ended the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Bears, while Freshman Caleb Davis added 17 points on 5-11 shooting from three point range and Freshman Cole Hibler dished out 7 assists on the night.
Ozark Christian’s high powered offense was in town Saturday afternoon. Averaging around 100 points a game, the Ambassadors use a full court press and dynamic shooting in attempt to outscore opponents. Both teams rose to the occasion. The Ambassadors shot a blistering 53% from the field but only managed to lead 62-58 at halftime thanks to the Bears 45% shooting and 17-21 free-throws. In the second half, both teams cooled off from the field. With the score 93-89 with four minutes remaining, the Ambassadors were able to win the half court duel as they capitalized on the free throw line and made key plays down the stretch to win 106-94.
Leach once again led the Bears with 27 points, including 4-5 from three point range and 8-9 from the free throw line. Hibler was also a catalyst in the game as he chipped in 18 points and dropped 4 dimes.
The Bears will conclude their regular season this week as they will have Senior Night on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 PM CST against Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). On Thursday they will play a game at Moore, OK that was rescheduled with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist. Game time is set for 4:00 PM. Then on Saturday the Bears will play their last regular season game of the year at Grace University (Omaha, NE) at 4:00 PM.