Thunder Hoops Win Big at Faith Classic

Ankeny, IA - Cold weather outside didn't stop the Thunder inside as MCC was able go into the Faith Classic and come away with two victories. Friday night's matchup with host school and defending conference champion, Faith Bapstist Bible College. This game figured to be another classic as the Eagles return several players and a majority of their scoring from their 2014-15 conference title team and the Thunder still striving for consistency on the court. MCC started the game off the right way with junior KJ Dobbins draining a long jumper and junior Jacob Harper scoring 8 of the teams first 12 points on a variety of moves. The Thunder would continue to push the lead as they allowed the Eagles only 5 made field goals in the first half including only 1 three point jump shot. The stifling defense from MCC put the Thunder up 42-22 at halftime. The second half saw more of the same as MCC was able to force FBBC into 18 turnovers and 28% shooting for the game. The Thunder were led by Harper with 18 points and 4 assists while juniors Mike White (14 points, 8 rebounds) and Dobbins (11 points, 6 assists) also played a major role in the win. "I was proud of the way our team came out and competed with each other and for each other on both ends of the floor. We played hard from start to finish and moved the basketball on offense. That put us in a great position to score every time down the floor," commented assistant Coach Jordan Strom.

Saturday saw the Thunder taking on an unfamiliar foe in the Association Free Luthern Bible School. AFLBS competes in the NIAC and the ACCA and played perenial power house Grace Bible College to ten points on Friday night with a barrage of three pointers. Saturday started out the same for the Conquerers as they burried 8 of their first 9 three point shots leaving the Thunder down 24 points. "At that point in the game we needed to play with more energy and more life. They weren't going to shoot 80% from deep for 40 minutes, but at the same time we were doing a great job of giving them open looks early," said Coach Strom. MCC was able to tighten the bolts on the defensive end and cut the lead from 24 to 10 by the end of the first half. The second half began with the Thunder looking like the team that played on Friday. The ball moved around and found the open man on offense while the team was able to sit down and get stops on defense leading to transition buckets. In the second half MCC outscored AFLBS 58-22 and held the Conquerers to 18% shooting on only 6 made field goals. MCC was very balanced with 5 players in double figures scoring led by Mike White (20 points, 7 rebounds), Will Chisam (18 points, 6 rebounds), and freshman Marcus Brooks (11 points, 3/3 3pt FG). The Thunder will be back in action after the Thanksgiving break as they play host to Central Christian College on December 1.

MCC Scoreboard

2/25/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 2s Arlington Baptist College | L, 88-81 
2/20/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 1 Barclay College | W, 109-90 
2/20/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 5 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 78-67 
2/19/2021 | Mens Basketball vs. No. 3 Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 93-70 
2/19/2021 | Womens Basketball vs. No. 7 Central Christian College of the Bible | W, 64-57