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On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd the Bears played their second Midwest Christian College Conference game. This time they were on the road at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The early part of the schedule has been extremely tough for the Bears, playing against NCAA Division II and NAIA Division I and II schools for more than half of their games.

The Bears jumped out to an early 7-2 lead thanks to some hot shooting. After causing an early timeout by the Crusaders, the depth and senior leadership of Manhattan Christian allowed them to make a late rally to take a six point lead into the locker room at the half. In the second half, the Bears went through one stretch where they went cold from the field and the Crusaders took full advantage of it. They maintained a double digit lead for remainder of the game as the Bears fell 64-74.

“Its never fun to lose, but it was another step in the right direction for us,” said Head Coach Royce Bryan. “Its encouraging to know that when we play with maximum effort and play as one unit, we can play with some of the best teams at our level.”

The Bears travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan (Bartlesville, OK) for the last game before Christmas break. Game time is set for 7:00 PM CST.

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The Barclay College Lady Bears were back in action Tuesday night after a two week layoff over Thanksgiving Break. They set out for Manhattan, KS to see how they stacked up against the best team in the Midwest Christian College Conference, Manhattan Christian.

What they found out was that Manhattan Christian College was as good as advertised as they cruised to a 85-33 victory. The Lady Crusaders played with great intensity, execution and confidence while the Lady Bears’ youth and inexperience were evident. Junior Morgan Stander led the Lady Bears in scoring with 9 points.

Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “This game is one of those “draw the line in the sand” kind of games. We can continue to go through the motions or we can realize that we are a much better basketball team than that. We had a productive film session and we are going to get these things fixed.”

The Lady Bears will not play again until Saturday, January 11th when they host Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).

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This past weekend, the Barclay College Men’s Basketball team traveled to Lincoln, NE to take part in Nebraska Wesleyan University’s annual Thanksgiving classic. Both schools the Bears competed against were NCAA Division III schools.

Friday night the Bears took on Luther College (Decorah, IA). Luther used their depth and experience to bottle up the Bears. By the midway point the Bears had connected on only 25% of their shots and then followed that up with 29% shooting in the second half. In addition, Luther out-rebounded the Bears 51-26 to cruise to an easy victory.The Bears were led by Freshmen Cole Hibler and Tanner Huck with 14 and 12 respectively.

The second night, the Bears took on host school Nebraska Wesleyan, who also returned all five of their starters from a year ago. This time, however, the Bears came out ready to play. On 4 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, the Bears found themselves down by only seven at halftime. A slow start to the second half allowed Wesleyan to build a double digit that the Bears could never recover from. The Bears once again lost the rebounding battle 20-40 in route to a 61-92 loss.

On a positive note, Junior Tommy Leach was named to the All-Classic team following his 16 point performance on 5-11 shooting.  Freshmen Caleb Davis, Hibler, and Huck were also in double figures scoring.

The Bears are back in action at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday. Game time for this MCCC event is set for 7:00 PM CST. The women’s game will proceed the men’s game at 5:00 PM.

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On November 22nd and 23rd, The Lady Bears traveled to Texas where they faced NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponents Dallas Christian College and Arlington Baptist College.

The Lady Bears opened up against Dallas Christian Friday night. Getting off to a slow start, they spotted the Crusaders a 25-9 lead. On a couple of different occasions, the Bears crept back within 10 points only to go through stretches of sloppy play that ultimately led to Dallas Christian pulling away for a 71-49 victory. Freshman Mercedeez Bell led the Bears with 15 points and Senior Sarah Sullivan contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.

On Saturday the Lady Bears then went up against Arlington Baptist. Arlington is considered, by some, as one of the top picks to contend for the National Championship this year. The Patriots certainly lived up to the hype as they applied relentless pressure and tremendous 3 point shooting to race past the Bears 73-43. Sullivan continued her strong play with 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Freshman Emilly Entz came off the bench to add 8 points and 8 rebounds.

The Lady Bears next play at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM CST.

 

 

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Last Friday and Saturday the Bears Men’s Basketball team traveled south to take on two region opponents in Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) and Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX). Both teams were ranked in the most recent NCCAA top ten poll and lived up to their ranking.

Friday night the Bears took to the floor at Dallas Christian College with the temperature in the gym at a frigid 52 degrees and the Bears shooting seemed to be even colder than that. On the game the Bears shot 30% from the field and could not handle the Crusaders athleticism on the perimeter. Even though the Bears forced 32 turnovers, they couldn’t connect on the offensive end as the Crusaders walked away with a 105-69 win.

Saturday afternoon, the Bears found themselves up against the #2 ranked Arlington Baptist team who returned most of their team from a year ago when they made a deep run in the NCCAA tournament. Once again the Bears shot poorly from the field (36%) and were forced into 24 turnovers. The combination of the two found the Bears falling 67-105 to drop to 0-4 on the season.

Freshman Caleb Davis led the Bears in scoring both days. On Friday he went for 17 points, including 8-10 from the free thrown line and then on Saturday we connected for 15 points.

The Bears will play three games over the Thanksgiving break. At 7:00 PM CST on Tuesday, they will travel to Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) in an exhibition game against the Bearcats. Then on Friday and Saturday they will be playing in a classic in Lincoln, NE at Nebraska Wesleyan. On Friday they will take on Luther College at 5:30 PM and then on Saturday they will play Nebraska Wesleyan at 7:30 PM.

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The Barclay College Lady Bears basketball team opened the season with two games at Hockett Auditorium over the weekend. On Friday night the Lady Bears hosted NJCAA Division II Hesston College (Hesston, KS) and then on Saturday afternoon they took on Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).

“Hesston was deep and athletic. I thought the first ten minutes we were competitive and then they just wore us down.” The Larks proved to be a pretty tough match-up for the Lady Bears as they won the game by a score of 92-57. Sophomore RaeLyn Epp led the Bears with 20 points.

Saturday brought the Faith Baptist Lady Eagles to town. Faith is the first opponent Barclay has faced this year that is a fellow NCCAA member. Barclay came out with a lot of intensity and built a big halftime lead, 36-15, and then coasted the rest of the way. The Lady Bears won by a  final score of 65-37.

Senior Sarah Sullivan led the Bears in scoring with 14 points while Freshman Mercedeez Bell chipped in 11 rebounds and Epp added 7 steals.

The Lady Bears are back in action Tuesday, November 19th in an exhibition game in Lawton, Oklahoma against NCAA Division II Cameron University. Game time is set for 6:00 PM CST.

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Saturday afternoon, November 16th, the Barclay College Bears Men’s Basketball team welcomed Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) to town for their 2013-14 home opener and their first Midwest Christian College Conference game as well. After playing two exhibitions and then opening the season against NAIA Division II Central Christian College (McPherson, KS) last Tuesday, the Bears were curious to know what kind of progress they had made since the start of the season.

Although the Bears were able to strike first with a three pointer by Senior Austin Ogle, they quickly found themselves in a 3-12 hole. As the half progressed however, the youthful bunch found their rhythm and not only got back in the game, but took a 38-30 lead into halftime. After being held scoreless from the perimeter in the first half, the Eagles connected on 4 three pointers on 8 shots in the second half to help them get right back into the game. The whole second half was back and forth action as the game came down to the wire. In the end, the Bears demise was their defensive rebounding as they game up 26 offensive rebounds to the Eagles. Down the stretch, they were unable to come up with defensive stops as the Eagles stole the win 74-72.

Statistically, the Bears were led by Freshman Cole Hibler’s 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting. Senior Austin Ogle, Junior Tommy Leach, and Freshman Caleb Davis also reached double figure scoring with Ogle also recording 9 rebounds. Even though the Bears were able to hold the Eagles to 40 percent shooting on the game, the Bears only shot 35 percent but were able to stay in the game by forcing 31 Eagle turnovers.

The Bears (0-2, 0-1) head south on Friday to take on NCCAA Southwest Region opponents Dallas Christian College and Arlington Baptist College, both currently ranked in the top ten.

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On Monday, November 4th, the NCCAA announced Sophomore Kingsley Assibey as the Student Athlete of the Week recipient from October 28th-November 2nd. It was the second time this season Assibey as received the honor.

Last Tuesday, October 29th, Assibey scored one goal and added an assist in the Bears 5-0 road win over conference foe Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO). Then on Friday in the first round of the Southwest Regionals, Assibey scored two key goals against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK)  to boost the Bears to the region finals and a chance for a birth to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida. He followed that performance with another goal in the region finals against Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). Even though it was in a losing effort, Assibey, put constant pressure on the Crusader defense, including a bicycle kick that was called offsides.

The four goals and one assist for the week helped push him into the BC record books for goals in a season as he finished the year with 24 goals in 18 games.

 

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This last weekend, the Bears Soccer team went into a competitive NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament in Joplin, MO as the #1 seed. The four team tournament featured Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (Moore, OK), Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX) and the host school Ozark Christian College.

The Bears first game of the tournament was a rematch with the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Saints. Previously Barclay split with Hillsdale, with both teams winning at home. Once again BC maintained possession of the ball for most of the game, but even playing two men down because of two first half red cards, the Saints battled to the very end. The Bears first strike was in the first half when Sophomore Kingsley Assibey placed a ball just outside the Saint’s back-up keeper’s reach. Later in the half Freshman Eli Dahir chipped a ball over the defense to the feet of a cutting Sophomore Sam Thompson who calmly placed it into the net for Barclay’s second goal.  Even though, the Saints managed to score off of a combination play, Assibey wasn’t finished yet. He scored one of his best goals of the year when he received a ball in mid-air with his back to the goal, gave it a touch, pivoted, and hammered a shot into the net for his second goal of the game giving Barclay a 3-1 victory.

The regional championship game between Dallas Christian College and Barclay would determine who would move on to the national tournament.  Barclay came out looking strong, maintaining control of the ball and having most of the shot opportunities on goal, but it was Dallas who scored first right in the middle of the first half as a quick footed DCC player slashed his way to the goal and found the back of the net.  Tailing 1-0 at the half, Barclay answered by scoring early in the second half off of a shot from Assibey, who finished the season with 24 goals in just 18 games.  His shot, ripped from 30 yards out, ricocheted off the post and into the back of the net.  Dallas, however,  capitalized on another opportunity to go up 2-1.  Minutes later the Midwest Christian College Conference MVP, Freshman midfielder, Melvin Lara, beat a couple of Crusader defenders, and passed to an open Dahir for an easy goal.  Moments later, with the score tied, the Crusaders once again slipped through the Bears defense and managed to regain the lead and then in the closing minutes of the game, added on one more goal.

Dallas Christian’s 4-2 win propels them to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida where they will take on two time defending champion and top ranked Moody Bible College (Chicago, IL)  in the first round.

Following the game Coach Lee stated, ” It was a great disappointment to come so close to qualifying for the national tournament, and to see the better team lose.” Coach Lee added that he was pleased with the direction the program is heading and hopes to bring in a solid recruiting class next year to keep pursing a championship team.

For their efforts during the Southwest region play, four BC Bears players wound up on the All-Region Team. Senior goalkeeper Austin Ogle was at the top of the list, Assibey, Lara, and Freshman defender Pedro Chavez all accompanied him on the team.

Coach Lee ended his assessment of the season by saying, “I praise God that we had few injuries this year, and those with injuries are healing; I praise God for the missions experience over fall break; I praise God for the seniors and for all of the players; I praise God for the assistant coaches and staff; and I am thankful for all of the supporters of Barclay College Bears!”

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The Lady Bears Volleyball team finished off their season this past weekend after dropping their first two matches in the NCCAA Southwest Region Tournament hosted by Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).

Barclay went into the tournament as the 5th seed and found themselves in the opening game Friday morning against #4 Dallas Christian College (Dallas, TX). As the Lady Bears took the court for the third time this season against the Crusaders, they were hoping for a different outcome than the previous two matches. However, the Crusaders proved to be too much and jumped out to win the first two sets quickly, 15-25 and 11-25. The Bears were able to rally a little in the third behind Senior hitters Sarah Sullivan and Hannah Williams, but fell short and lost 19-25 in the third.

Later that day, the Bears would face the #2 seeded Saints of Hillsdale Baptist, who had been beaten by #3 seed Arlington Baptist earlier that day, to keep their season going. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early lead behind William’s serving, and kept the pressure on the Saints. The lead went back and forth before the Bears dropped the set 21-25. The next two sets were played well by both sides with long volleys and hard hits, but the Saints would be the ones who would be victorious, winning the last two sets 16-25 and 11-25. The loss eliminated the Bears from further post season play and ended their 2013 season.

The Lady Bears had two ladies recognized by the Southwest Region. Sullivan was awarded to the NCCAA Southwest Region First Team for the second year in a row, while Williams was named Honorable Mention for her contributions.