MAC Cardinals heading in the wrong direction

2013-11-18T06:30:00Z MAC Cardinals heading in the wrong direction Daily Journal Online
November 18, 2013 6:30 am

PARK HILLS — Mineral Area College’s men’s basketball team, started the season 5-0, but since then the Cardinals have lost four straight, including Saturday’s 90-87 loss to the Wabash Valley Warriors in the Bob Sechrest, Sr. Classic. MAC lost both of their games  in the Classic.

Anthony Virdure gave a gallant try to pull the Cardinals back into the win column. As time was running out, Bryce Weibrecht threw an inbound the length of the court to Virdure, who tried to nail a three-pointer at the buzzer and give the Cardinals extra playing time, but the off-balanced, rushed shot would not fall.

Virdure finished the game with 36 points, including six three-pointers. Randy Holmes and Brier West contributed 11 points each, and Aaron Cassell scored another 10.

The Warriors pulled ahead by 10 midway through the first half, and they matched the Cardinals bucket for bucket down the stretch to the break for a 48-37 half-time lead.

The game appeared to be solidly in the Warriors hands as they dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half, stretching their lead to as many as 16 with 11 minutes left in the game, which may have an awakening point for the Cardinals.

Mineral Area made a strong comeback attempt in the final 10 minutes of play. The Cardinals pulled to with one of the free-throw stricken Warriors, at 76-75 with just over three minutes left in the game.

 The Cardinals would pull to within one point more than once, but each time the Warriors scored on their end to stay just out of reach. With time running down, the Cardinals had a chance to finally tie the score, but a missed lay-in and the following tap left the Cardinals still down by two.

The Warriors obliged to give the Cardinals one last chance as they made only one of two free throws, before Weibrecht’s inbound pass.

Wabash Valley was led in scoring by Jaquan Lynch and Tyrone Sherman, each with 18 points, followed by Sam Thompson with 15, and Wesley Afolayan and Brienne Miles with 13 each.

The Warriors finished the night 26-40 from the line, and they committed 12 turnovers. Mineral Area was 19-29 on free throws with 10 turnovers.

Mineral Area will play next on November 29 in the Southeastern Iowa Classic against Northeast Community College.

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LOCAL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Boys Basketball –

Pacific 64, Farmington 45

Class 3, District 2 at Scott City

Charleston 78, Scott City 46

Woodland 71, Arcadia Valley 68 

Class 2, District 3 at Bismarck

Ellington 70, Viburnum 42

Valle Catholic 83, Meadow Heights 51

Girls Basketball –

De Soto 73, Ste. Genevieve 56

Class 1, District 2 at Bell City

Oran 60, St. Paul 19 

FRIDAY

Men’s Basketball –

Region 16 Tournament (Joplin, Mo.)

6 p.m. – Mineral Area vs. MSU-West Plains

8 p.m. – Three Rivers vs. Moberly

Women’s Basketball –

Region 16 Tournament (Joplin, Mo.)

1 p.m. – State Fair vs. Jefferson

3 p.m. – Mineral Area vs. Moberly

Boys Basketball – 7 p.m.

Potosi at Union

Perryville at Ste. Genevieve

Class 3, District 3 at Grandview

7:30 p.m. - Central vs. West County

Class 2, District 3 at Bismarck

7:30 p.m. - Valle Catholic vs. Ellington

Girls Basketball –

Class 3, District 3 at Grandview

6:00 p.m. - Central vs. St. Pius

Class 3, District 2 at Scott City

6:00 p.m. – Arcadia Valley vs. Saxony Lutheran

Class 2, District 3 at Bismarck

6:00 p.m. – Bismarck vs. Viburnum

SATURDAY

Women’s Basketball – 6 p.m.

Region 16 Championship (Joplin, Mo.)

Men’s Basketball – 8 p.m.

Region 16 Championship (Joplin, Mo.)

Girls Basketball –

Class 4, District 2 at Ste. Genevieve

2:00 p.m. – Farmington vs. Potosi

4:30 p.m. – Fredericktown vs. Ste. Genevieve

Boys Basketball –

Class 4, District 2 at Ste. Genevieve

3:15 p.m. – North County vs. De Soto

5:45 p.m. – Ste. Genevieve vs. Fredericktown

MONDAY

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Mineral Area at SW Tennessee

Girls Basketball –

Class 4, District 2 at Ste. Genevieve

6:00 p.m. - North County vs. TBD

7:30 p.m. – De Soto vs. TBD

TUESDAY

College Baseball – 12:30 p.m.

Mineral Area at Jackson State

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Mineral Area at Shawnee

Boys Basketball –

Class 4, District 2 at Ste. Genevieve

6:00 p.m. – Farmington vs. TBD

7:30 p.m. – Potosi vs. TBD

WEDNESDAY

College Softball – 2 p.m.

Mineral Area at John A. Logan

Girls Basketball – 7:45 p.m.

Class 3 Sectional at Dexter

Class 3 Sectional at Northwest

Class 2 Sectional at Jefferson College

Boys Basketball – 6 p.m.

Class 3 Sectional at Northwest

Class 2 Sectional at Jefferson College