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.
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- 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 – 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 – 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.
Tuesday, January 22nd the Bears were on the road again, this time in Moore, OK to face region opponent Hillsdale Free Will Baptist. Even though the Bears defeated the Saints by double digits the first time around, this time it was the Saints who defended home turf.
The game was back and forth throughout with many lead changes and ties. With a ton of fouls called in the first half, both teams were forced to the bench and then heading into the half it was the Saints who converted a deep three to give them a three point advantage heading into the break. Early in the second half the Bears built lead after lead but the Saints came pulling back even. In the final four minutes, the Saints made more plays to beat the Bears 89-83.
Sophomore Charles Brodhead led the Bears with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Freshman Titus Gwess added 16 points and 7 rebound, and Senior Toney Hatton chipped in 15 points while Sophomore Spencer Huiatt dished out 9 assists.
The Bears (10-4, 4-1) are back in MCCC play when they host St. Louis Christian on Friday, January 25th at 7:30 PM CST and then Central Christian College of the Bible on Saturday at 3:00 for homecoming.
The Barclay College Bears took their undefeated MCCC record on the road this weekend to Kansas City, MO to face Calvary Bible College and then to Joplin, MO to face Ozark Christian.
On Friday, January 18th the Bears took on the Warriors of Calvary. The home team jumped out to an early lead thanks to a plethora of early turnovers by the Bears before the tide began to turn midway through the half. The Bears clamped down the defense and went into the locker room with a 30-22 lead following a tip in at the buzzer by Freshman Titus Gwess. The Bears controlled the second half, holding a double digit lead through most of the second half, before winning 68-59.
Sophomore Charles Brodhead led the way with 17 points and 9 rebounds while Senior Toney Hatton controlled the paint with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
The following afternoon the Bears took on Ozark Christian for a battle for first place in conference. Once again, the Bears came out slow as Ozark built a lead of 18 points before the Bears chopped the lead down to nine just before the half. In the second half, senior posts Shane Brown and Hatton went to work. Less than five minutes into the half the Bears took the lead, which the held until the five minute mark when Ozark rallied. Down the stretch it was the Ambassadors that made the plays and pulled out an 85-83 victory to put the Bears in a tree way tie for first in conference with Ozark and Manhattan Christian. Brown ended up with 20 points while Hatton added 19 and 7 rebounds.
The Bears (10-3, 4-1) travel to Oklahoma City on Tuesday for a Southwest Region match-up with Hillsdale Free Will Baptist at 7:30 PM CST.
Dubuque, IA – To start the spring semester, the NCCAA Division II #9 ranked Barclay College Bears trekked all the way to the north country for a pair of games at Emmaus Bible College over the weekend. Playing host Emmaus Bible and Dayspring Bible College out of north Chicago, the Bears were able to start the spring semester off with two wins.
On Friday, January 11th the Bears tackled the Eagles of Emmaus Bible. Thanks to Sophomore Brandon Howarth’s 18 first half points, the Bears were able to head into the half with an 8 point lead. In the second half, the Bears adjusted to the Eagle zone and were able to pull away late for a 77-61 road win. Four Bears reached double figure scoring for a balanced offensive attack.
Saturday afternoon the Bears were up against Dayspring Bible. Dayspring’s athleticism kept the contest close through the first half and into the second half. However, early in the second half, the Bears went on a run to push the lead to double digits. Dayspring mounted one last run to cut the lead to five before the Bears cruised to a 91-79 victory.
Senior Toney Hatton led the way for the Bears with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Sophomore Charles Brodhead also netted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Spencer Huiatt contributed 9 assists.
The Bears (9-2, 3-0) travel to Kansas City, MO for an MCCC contest with Calvary Bible College at 7:30 PM CST on Friday, January 18th and then to Joplin, MO to face Ozark Christian at 3:00 PM CST.
A 2012 graduate from Northeast Magnet located in Wichita, KS, Adrian Maloney Jr. signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Barclay College Bears in the fall of ’13.
Maloney is a 5’6″ point guard who was selected as a Kansas Southwest All-star in 2011-12 while he led his team in scoring during his senior year.
“Adrian is an exceptionally quick point guard with a great feel for the game. His high basketball IQ and competitive spirit will allow him to be a huge asset for our program in the years to come,” stated Head Coach Royce Bryan.
Maloney plans to major in business at Barclay College.
The Barclay College Men’s Basketball team took their NCCAA Division II #9 ranking on the road over the weekend and came up empty. On Friday, Dec. 7th they were in Springfield, MO to play perennial powerhouse Central Bible College and on Saturday they went head to head with NAIA DII Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK.
On Friday, the Spartans of Central built a double digit lead only to see the Bears whittle the lead down to nothing in the closing minutes of the first half, 44-44. In the second half, action was back and forth with 17 lead changes and 12 ties. The Bears had opportunities to pull away but could not amass more than a five point lead. With the Bears up 3 with just over three minutes left in the game, they were held to six points down the stretch and lost 87-91 for their first loss of the year.
Five minutes into the Bears contest with Oklahoma Wesleyan University (8-2), they found themselves up eight before a furious rally by the Eagles gave them a 13 point lead at the half. In the second half, the Bears chopped the lead down to single digits several times and with under four minutes of action left, had a three point attempt cut the lead to five, but it rimmed out. The Eagles went on to win 96-83.
Barclay College (7-2, 3-0) is not back in action until January 11th when they travel to Dubuque, IA for a pair of games against Emmaus Bible College and Dayspring Bible College.