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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.”

BC Athletics

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.

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The Barclay College Lady Bears traveled to Moberly, MO on Saturday afternoon to square off against MCCC opponent Central Christian College of the Bible.

The game started off well for both teams as the score remained tight for the first 15 minutes. The last 5 minutes saw the Lady Saints take advantage of the Bears youth and missed opportunities to take a 15 point lead into the halftime, 38-23.

The second half began much differently. The Lady Bears came out strong and shot the ball with confidence. With 5 minutes left in the game, Barclay had cut the lead to 55-54. From there the game see-sawed back and forth and ultimately the Lady Saints held on to win 64-57.

Brooke White continued her string of strong performances with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Raelyn Epp chipped in 13 points and Sarah Sullivan and Mercedeez Bell each had 10 points.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I hope that 2nd half is a sign of what we can expect from here on out. At halftime I told the girls the rest of this season will be determined by two things. One is how hard they want to work. Two, our mental toughness needs to improve. Everyone misses shots, everyone throws the ball away. But we have to stop hanging our heads and keep playing. I thought the second half was the best we have done that this year.”

The Lady Bears will host Hillsdale Free Will Baptist on Tuesday, January 28th at 5:00 PM CST.

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Saturday afternoon the Bears limped over to Moberly, MO for their game against Central Christian College of the Bible following a tough loss the night before at St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO). While the Bears neared the midway point of conference play, the stakes were increased against CCCB as both teams battled for seeding in the looming MCCC tournament.

It was a familiar tune early in the game for the Bears as the Saints knocked down some early threes and controlled the offensive glass to build an early lead. However, thanks to the sharp shooting of Freshman Caleb Davis, who finished 3-6 from three, the Bears stayed in contact with Saints even though they would trail by a score of 28-43 at halftime.

While the situation looked bleak, the Bears were able to inch back into the game. In the early portion of the second half, CCCB’s best post picked up his third foul and they were forced into a zone. The Bears took advantage of the Saints interior play as they slashed through their zone and attacked the basket with abandonment, capitalizing on 25 of 34 second half free throws. In the waning minutes of the game, the Bears were able to get key stops defensively and knock down free throws to seal the win, 78-74. The Bears improved to 2-4 in MCCC play with three home conference games remaining.

Four Bears scored in double figures: Senior Austin Ogle (16), Davis (14), Junior Tommy Leach (13), and Freshman David Lewis (10). Ogle also pulled down 12 boards for his first ever double-double.

On Tuesday, the Bears will take on Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK) at Hockett Auditorium at 7:00 PM CST.

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Team 1 (Red): Pilo  Miranda-Troup (Capt.), Matt Schaefer, Omar Reyes, Hannah Williams, Kaylee Kershner, Clara Konsky, Adrian Maloney, Eric Day

Team 2 (White): Josh Sanchez (Capt.), Austin Ogle, Katelyn Ogle, Shane Brown, Adele Brown, Aaron Colliatie, Tony Graham

Team 3 (Grey): Royce Bryan ( Capt.), Marcus Mitchell, Pat Garrison, Ryan Kendall, Eliot Hinshaw, Larry Lewis, Shari Bryan, Paige Garrison, Tony Wheeler (or other faculty and staff)

Team  4 (Black): Pat Hall (Capt.), Joey Spiegle, Jacob Pribble, Jake Spencer, Ryan Tarver, Sharese Mullikin, Tanner Huck, Sarah Sullivan

Team 5 (Green): Matt Fitch (Capt.), Ross Smedley, Chris Racchini, Matt Jarrell, Ethan Chance, Hannah Rohde, Emily Entz, Melynda Lujan, Breanna Hack

Team 6 (Sky Blue): Brandon Palmer (Capt.), David Lewis, Cole Hibler, Eli Dahir, Dylan Palmer, Morgan Stander, Mikeal Wilder, Michael Vance

Team 7 (Dark Blue): Tommy L (Capt.), Garrett Allen, Caleb Davis, Mercedeez Bell, Alec Stivender, Ashleny Lara

Team 8 (Orange): Melvin Lara, (Capt.), Carlos Agular, Isaiah Shine, Brooke White, Kayla Powell, Marcus Collic, Gydal Sorrell, Forrest Turner

Schedule: (each team should have three regular season games from your pool. Pool A = teams 1-4, Pool B = teams 5-8)

Sunday 1/19

7:30 – Team 1 (0-1) v. Team 2 (1-0)

8:30 –  Team 3 (1-0) v. Team 4 (0-1)

9:30 –  Team 5 (0-1) v. Team 6 (1-0)

Monday 1/20

9:00 – Team 7 (1-0) v. Team 8 (0-1)

10:00 – Team 1 (1-1) v. Team 4 (0-2)

Thursday 1/23

7:00 – Team 2 (2-0) v. Team 3 (1-1)

10:00 – Team 5 (0-2) v. Team 7 (2-0)

Sunday 1/26

7:30 – Team 6 (2-0) v. Team 8 (0-2)

8:30 – Team 1 (1-2) v. Team 3 (3-0)

9:30 –  Team 2 (2-1) v. Team 4 (0-3)

Monday 1/27

9:00 – Team 5 (0-3) v. Team 8 (1-2)

10:00 – Team 6 (3-0) v. Team 7 (2-1)

Double elimination tournament would be played on the following dates: Thurs. 1/30. Mon. 2/3, Thurs. 2/6, Sun. 2/9, Mon. 2/10, and Thurs. 2/13.