The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 1, 2013

OCC prepares for top league foes

From staff reports

— Ozark Christian College, coming off its 20th win of the season, faces an important pair of road games in Kansas in men’s basketball tonight and Saturday afternoon.

Today’s varsity doubleheader at Manhattan Christian tips off at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s game. The teams will be in Haviland on Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill against Barclay.

“It’s a tough road trip,” OCC men’s coach Chris Lahm said following the Ambassadors’ practice.

OCC, ranked eighth in NCCAA Division II, is 20-4 overall and 5-1 in the Midwest Christian College Conference.

But the Ambassadors are looking up at Manhattan (7-1) in the MCCC. Plus, Barclay is 5-2, Lahm said.

Manhattan Christian rallied to stun OCC 89-85 in overtime on Jan. 18 in Joplin.

OCC led by three points in the closing seconds in the earlier meeting and was at the foul line, Lahm recalled. The charity was missed, however.

Manhattan Christian rebounded the ball, hustled down the court and launched a trey. It also missed but the Crusaders retrieved the ball, kicked it to the corner and an open Crusader hit the 3 with less than two seconds left to send the game into overtime at 76.

“We let the game slip away,” Lahm said. “Manhattan Christian led 2-0 and then didn’t lead until the overtime. They played hard and began hitting some shots. We missed some free throws.”

OCC, shooting 58.8 percent from the field, beat Calvary Bible in Kansas City 96-59 on Tuesday night.

“We had a great overall team effort,” Lahm said. “The defense led to a lot of transition baskets.”

Five players scored in double figures for OCC. Leaders were Cameron Woodring (20), Zac Hill (15) and Philip Donna (13).

OCC led  50-23 at the half and finished with 23 assists.

Cottey moves to 13-1

TRENTON, Mo. — The Comets, keyed by a strong second half, eased past North Central Missouri 71-48 on Wednesday night.

Cottey outscored North Central 42-20 in the second half.

Blaklee Sanders, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, scored 21 points for Cottey. Dayna Turnbull added 14 — all in the second half to equal Sanders — and Selena Gochenour and Bailey Braden each had 12.

Mysti Williams, a 6-0 sophomore from Bethany, Mo., tallied 16 for North Central.