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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The NCCAA Division II Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of February 3, 2014 is the Lady Bear’s Sophomore point guard from Corn, OK, RaeLyn Epp. She has exemplified the Christian ideals held by the NCCAA and has been rewarded for her accomplishments for the preceding week.

Epp went 10-14 from the field on Friday in the Lady Bears’s 88-81 win over Dallas Christian, including 5-5 from three and 8-10 from the free throw line. In addition, she had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Twenty-five of her thirty-three points came in the second half alone to lead the Bears to victory. On Saturday she followed up her stellar performance with 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals on 43 percent shooting against Grace University. Her weekend averages were 24.5 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 4 steals on 57 percent shooting from the field (8-12 from three) in two wins.

Upon hearing the news, Head Coach Brad Lingafelter was ecstatic and said, “The NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week is a great honor for RaeLyn. She certainly earned it with her fantastic weekend in two big wins for us. She is a special player, and I am very proud of her as a player and a person.”

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The Barclay College Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were scheduled to travel to Moore, OK tomorrow, February 4th, for a contest with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. However, due to the potentially dangerous weather expected to hit tonight and tomorrow morning, the game has been reschedule for Thursday, February 13. The women will tip off at 2:00 PM CST and the men will follow at 4:00 PM.

Snow accumulation of 6-9 inches is expected in areas in and around Wichita, while freezing rain and snow is also expected in central and northern Oklahoma.

For the most up to date game times and schedules, please visit the following http://www.barclaycollege.edu/bears.

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Barclay’s Lady Bears had a pair of games over the weekend at Hockett Auditorium. The weekend started with a game against the Dallas Christian Crusaders on Friday night and then finished on Saturday afternoon with their homecoming game against Grace University of Omaha, NE.

Things looked bleak to start the game on Friday night as the Lady Crusaders came out scorching hot from behind the 3 point line. However, the Lady Bears showed a lot of poise to close the gap before Dallas went on a little run to take a 47-36 lead at halftime. In the second half, it was the Bears turn to light up the nets from behind the arc. Using an aggressive man-to-man defense and phenomenal 3 point shooting, the Lady Bears roared back to win going away, 88-81. Sophomore Raelyn Epp was the catalyst as she scored 25 of her 33 points in the second half.

On Saturday, Grace University came to Hockett Auditorium. Grace has had a very good program over the last few years and the Bears were ready for the challenge. The first half saw the Lady Bears lead all 20 minutes, but Grace kept it close. The halftime score was 32-29. Once again the Lady Bears came out with an aggressive man-to-man defense and began to attack the basket on the way to building a 22 point lead. The Lady Bears cruised to the finish for a 67-54 win. Epp led the way again with 16 points, while Freshmen Brooke White and Mercedeez Bell chipped in with 14 and 12 points respectively.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter commented following Saturday’s game, ” I have been seeing some signs of real mental toughness and focus begin to emerge over the past few weeks. Talent is not the issue. We have talent. What I see is a team that is beginning to compete in all three phases of the game and they are not letting bad stretches bury them. The whole team played great and I have to give special recognition to Raelyn Epp for a phenomenal weekend.”

The Bears were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 3rd at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist, but due to the weather, the game is being rescheduled for Thursday, February 13th in Moore, OK at 2:00 PM CST. This weekend two MCCC teams will pay a visit to Haviland. On Friday night, Calvary Bible College will be in town at 5:30 PM and then Ozark Christian will play the Bears at 1:00 PM on Saturday.

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This last weekend, the Barclay College Men’s Basketball had two great opportunities to pull off an upset. On Friday night, Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) visited Hockett Auditorium for a Southwest Region game and then on Saturday afternoon for homecoming, soon to be NAIA Division II Grace University (Omaha, NE) traveled south.

Friday evening the Bears had a rematch with Dallas Christian. First semester the Crusaders easily handled the Bears down in Dallas, but they were in for surprise this time around. In the first half, despite shooting just 33 percent from the field, the Bears trailed by just ten, 23-33. In the second half, the Bears were able to hang with Dallas Christian until two Crusaders caught fire from behind the arc to extend their lead and hold on for the win, 83-61.

On Saturday afternoon, the Grace University Royals were able to put a damper on the Bears upset bid very early in the game. Once again, the Bears shot poorly in the first half (27%) and found themselves trailing 40-23 at the midway point. This group of Bears continued to compete, however, trimming the lead to 13 on several occasions before the Royal’s height and athleticism took their toll, 80-59.

On the weekend, the Bears were led by Junior Tommy Leach and Freshman Cole Hibler. Leach went for 15 points on Friday and 20 on Saturday while Hibler connected for 17 points on Friday and 12 on Saturday. On a bright spot, Senior Austin Ogle was named the homecoming king on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 3rd at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist, but due to the weather, the game is being rescheduled for Thursday, February 13th in Moore, OK at 4:00 PM CST. This weekend two MCCC teams will pay a visit to Haviland. On Friday night, Calvary Bible College will be in town at 7:30 PM and then Ozark Christian will play the Bears at 3:00 PM on Saturday.