MCC men win two

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team went on the road this weekend and picked up two victories. 

MCC defeated Central Christian College of the Bible on Friday night, 80-74, in Moberly, Mo., and then traveled to St. Louis where it defeated St. Louis Christian College,  92-60.

The win over Central Christian College was a struggle for the Crusaders.  MCC (13-7, 6-0) took a quick 23-13 lead, but CCCB would not go away, with the Crusaders only leading 39-38 at halftime. 

Central Christian College opened the second half by scoring the first five points to go up 43-39, but MCC responded with an 8-0 run to take back the lead it would never relinquish. 

The margin would stay close throughout the rest of the game, but MCC was able to hold off every charge by the Saints. 

Will Chisam led the Crusaders with 18 points, while Lonnie Penner added 17 points. Alex Hammack had 16 points, seven assists and eight steals.

MCC got off to a solid start against St. Louis Christian College on Saturday, taking an early 14-10 lead, but St. Louis came back with a 16-3 run of its own to go up 26-17 midway through the first half. 

The Crusaders, however, closed the half on a 21-7 run to take a 38-33 lead at the break. 

MCC continued its hot run to start the second half,  using a decisive 24-8 run to build a 62-41 lead and never looking back. Sage Ruis led MCC with 18 points, while Chisam added 13 points.

The Crusaders will be back in action on Tuesday when they go on the road to face Union College.

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