The Manhattan Christian College men’s basketball team picked up two wins over the weekend, defeating Baptist Bible College on Friday night 93-75 and coming back on Saturday to defeat Central Bible College 82-74.
Against Baptist Bible College on Friday, the Crusaders got off to a strong start and opened up an early 14-2 lead. However, the Patriots would cut the deficit to 16-9, and MCC continually opened up a double-digit lead only to see BBC trim it back to single digits for the remainder of the half.
At halftime, MCC led 43-32. In the second half that pattern would continue, before the Crusaders finally were able to put the game away with a late run.
MCC shot 60 percent from the field for the game and 57 percent from the 3-point line (8-14). Kevin Foster led six players in double figures with 14 points, while Josh Camacho, Lonnie Penner and Sage Ruis all scored 13.
Saturday afternoon saw MCC continue their strong shooting from the field, as it shot 56.7 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the 3-point line in the first half, but even with the Crusaders’ strong shooting performance, MCC only led 46-39.
Central would come out and score the first six points of the second half to trim the lead to 46-45. From there, MCC would go on a 7-0 run, to give it a cushion it would enjoy the rest of the game.
MCC was able to stretch the lead to as big as 72-57, before Central would make a late run to account for the final margin.
Penner had a strong second half, scoring 17 points, on his way to a game-high 23 points. Sterling Roaf and Ruis added 12 points for MCC, which shot 53.8 percent from the field for the game and 62.5 percent from the 3-point line.
With these two victories MCC moved to 17-9 overall and 7-1 in the NCCAA Central Region. These victories also clinched the No. 1 seed for MCC in the Regional Tournament, which will be in Springfield, Mo., Feb. 24-25.
MCC will be back in action tonight as it takes on Calvary Bible College at 6 p.m.