PARK HILLS — The Mineral Area College were riding a five-game losing streak when they took on the Moberly Greyhounds on Saturday for the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women’s team. MAC’s last win came on January 1 against Lethbridge College.
In uncharacteristic manner, the Cardinals were able to fend off a late charge by the Greyhounds for a 65-59 win by going 7-7 at the free-throw line in the final two minutes.
The Cardinals (8-13) had shot 9-20 in the first 38 minutes of the game. In contrast, the Greyhounds missed four of their six free throw attempts in the final two minutes to finish 6-12 at the line.
The game had been close for the most part with seven lead changes, the last coming at 54-53 late in the game for MAC, and upon building a seven-point lead, the Cardinals were able to keep just out of reach, until the Greyhounds were forced to foul in the last minutes after they had pulled to within two points of their host.
The game had all the aspects of being a sleeper in the first half. Both teams scored at a pace of one-point per minute. Darrion Hooker paced the Cardinals with a pair of three-pointers to score 10 of his game-high 17 points in the first half.
Demetrius Harris handled the boards with five of his seven rebounds in the first half to go along with five of his game’s 10 points. The Cardinals dominated the boards for the most part with 30 rebounds to the Greyhounds 22. Harris, along with D’Angelo Colbert and Drew Thomas, pulled down seven rebounds each.
Moberly’s first-half shooting was as cold as the weather outside as they made only made eight of their 25 shots in the half. It would warm up quickly to start ‘Round Two’ with Mineral Area leading 24-20.
The Greyhounds lived up to their name to start the second half as they raced the floor to immediately knot the score at 24 all. Mineral Area picked up its pace as well as the two teams combined for 80 in the second half of the game’s 124 total points.
Daylen Robinson scored the bulk, 13, of his 15 points for the Greyhounds in the second half.
Brier West hit a pair of threes early in the half, but it was Derrius Walker whose three had the most effect. Moberly’s Cortez Connors hit a three to end a dry spell for both teams in the half, but the Greyhounds’ excitement was soon quelled as Walker matched it just four seconds later.
Thomas took charge of the offensive boards for MAC as he pulled down three in the half to put all three back in for the points. The Cardinals had four players finish in double figures. West finished with 15 points, and Walker ended up with 10.
Mineral Area will play next at home on Tuesday against Southeastern Iowa.
Moberly Daylen Robinson 15, Ronnie Boggs 11, Jon Gilliam 9, Derrick Dilworth 8, Anthony Rule 6, Cortez Connors 6, Rodney Givens 3, Kenroy Wood 1. 3-point FG - Gilliam 3, Connors 2, Givens.
Mineral Area - Darrion Hooker 17, Brier West 15, Demetrius Harris 10, Drew Thomas 10. 3-point FG - Hooker 2, West 2, Walker.