MCC Men Capture Regional Championship

For only the third time in program history the men's basketball team captured the NCCAA II Central Region Championship on Saturday by defeating Baptist Bible College, 76-75. MCC entered the tournament as the top seed, however they played without the services of two starters. Will Chisam, the team's second leading scorer and leading rebounder missed his sixth straight game due to a foot injury and Peyton Guilford missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury. MCC got off to a strong start in the first half shooting 57.6 percent from the field and late in the half the Thunder had their biggest lead of the game, 37-24. At the break MCC led 43-34, Sage Ruis led MCC with 14 points and David Frost chipped in with 12 points..

The Thunder maintained a lead throughout most of the second half however Baptist wouldn't go away and cut the lead to 71-68 with about four three minutes to play. Baptist would score the game's next five points to take their first lead since early in the game at 73-71. On MCC's ensuing possesion Ruis was fouled on a three-point shot with 1:06 left. He hit all three free throws to put MCC up 74-73. MCC fouled Baptist's Collin Holzer with 47 seconds and he hit both free throws to put the Patriots up by one. The Thunder turned the ball over with 27 seconds left and were forced to foul BBC and this time Holzer missed the free throw to give MCC the ball and a chance to take the lead. Sterling Turner split a double team at the top of the key and found Frost rolling to the basket to give MCC the 76-75 lead with 15 seconds to go. The Patriots got two shots up in the final 15 seconds but neither connected and MCC held on for the win. Ruis led MCC with 28 points, while Frost had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the game. Cole Olberding chipped in with 11 points. MCC now advances to the NCCAA II National Tournament in Circleville, Ohio March 11-14.  Ruis was named MVP of the Region and Chisam and Turner were both named 1st Team All-Region.  This is the first Region Championship for the men since 2009.

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