MCC Women take 5th Place, Men Tournament Champs

This past week the Lady Thunder traveled to Dubuque, IA to take part in the Mid-West Christian Conference Tournament. As the #6 seed their first opponent was #3 Emmaus Bible College, who earlier in the season beat MCC on a half court shot at the buzzer. Looking to redeem themselves the Lady Thunder came out strong but after the first quarter, the ladies struggled to knock down shots and get defensive stops. Emmaus went on to beat MCC 77-56.

Friday morning, in an elimination game, MCC faced #7 Central Christian College of the Bible. Having another strong start, going up 20-10 after the first quarter, CCCB stuck around but MCC refused to give up the lead. Freshman Roni Harris, who was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference team, lead the team in scoring with 19 points. Darby Cook and Jordan Lewis also chipped in with 16 points each while Tristen Heiden grab 10 rebounds. With a 64-57 win over CCCB, that sent the Lady Thunder into the early morning 5th place game again Faith Baptist College. Two very close game earlier in the year, with FBC coming away with the wins, this constant looked to be a good, but close game.

Both teams had sluggish start but MCC knocked down just a few more shots to take a 31-27 lead into half. The second half MCC came out hot, shooting 62% from the field. While on the defensive end they only allowed FBC 3 offensive rebounds in the second half. Harris once again led the team with 23 point and grab 14 rebounds. Off the bench Kennedy Wilson put up 19 points, and with a big second half performance from Heiden (13pts & 7rebs) and Lewis (14pts) the Lady Thunder pulled off a 78-67 win to walk away with 5th place.

The Lady Thunder end their season with a 5-12 overall record and 2-9 conference record.

On the Men’s side of the tournament, getting the #2 seed the Thunder also opened up against #7 Emmaus Bible College. In a very emotional game MCC battled hard in the first half but could never take over the lead and where down 34-40 at half. Finding themselves down as much as 9 at one point, MCC continued to fight. Finally, with 2:26 left Taymont Lindsey knocked down a 3 pointer to tie the game up at 72 all. From there they never looked back pulling out an 81-75 victory. The Thunder were led in scoring by Lindsey and Nate Awbrey with 20, respectively. With that win, it set up a semi-final game against #3 Faith Baptist Bible College.

High energy and great ball movement, MCC came out not wanting to repeat the night before. Going down 5-4 at the start, the Thunder went on a 10-0 run and continued to control the game from that point on. Garrett Harmison led the team with 18 points while Lindsey, who earned 2nd Team honors, knocked in 16 points. Awbrey, named to the Honorable Mention team, chipped in 14.

The stage was set for Championship Saturday with Co-Regular Season Champs #1 Barclay and #2 Thunder. Both teams struggled to score for close to 2 minutes, until Isaiah Collier knocked in a 3 pointer. MCC shot lights out the whole game, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from the 3-point land. Taking a 55-39 lead into half, the Thunder set it on cruise control to take home the Championship with a 109-90 win. Conference MVP, Jordan White, was the leading scorer with 22 points and grabbed 7 boards. 3 other players scored with double figures: Lindsey 22pts, Awbrey 19pts (8rebs) and Collier 17pts.

Manhattan Christian will head into Regional Tournament play this Thursday in Dallas, TX.

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