NCMC Men Run Over Graceland JV
The North Central Missouri College men’s basketball team had no trouble picking up a win over the Graceland University junior varsity on Wednesday night at the Ketcham Community Center, handing the visitors a 99-58 loss. The North Central women were also victorious at home on Tuesday night, defeating Cottey College 70-67 in Trenton for a Region 16 win.
The NCMC men took control of the game early and the win was never in doubt as the Pirates blasted a Graceland JV squad that they beat by just three points in their first meeting this season.
“I think we are starting to play better basketball,” Pirates’ Head Coach Steve Richman said. “That was a team that we had to come from behind in the last minute to beat the first time we played them. So I think that shows that we are really playing a lot better now.
The Pirates were led by Xavier Newson, who had 21 points and five rebounds. Jamin Brandt added 17 points and seven rebounds and Austin Taul, Avion Ashford and Justin Seamon all scored nine points with Ashford grabbing six rebounds. Jory Woodson had eight points and seven assists, Tyler Peterson had eight points and seven rebounds and Tyrell Thirkield finished with six points and nine assists. Andrew Berry gave the Pirates four points and 10 rebounds.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Pirates and moved the team to 10-8 overall on the season.
“It was also a great opportunity for a lot of different guys to see the court and build some confidence.”
The North Central women battled through a close game with Cottey College all night. The Lady Pirates trailed 33-32 at halftime and the two teams went back-and-forth throughout the second half with NCMC picking up a three-point win in the end.
The Lady Pirates were paced by Kayla Oetterer, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Samone Redditt scored 17 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Nancy Berwanger hit double figures as well, scoring 13 points to go with four assists.
With the win, the Lady Pirates improved to 7-11 overall and 2-0 in Region 16 play.
Both North Central squads will be back on the court on Saturday, traveling to St. Louis for a Region 16 doubleheader with St. Louis Community College. Action tips off with the women’s game at 1 p.m. and the men will follow.
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