The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 12, 2013

OCC rolls; 'Riders rock ranked foe


From staff reports

OMAHA, Neb. — The Ozark Christian College men’s basketball team shot 56.1 percent from the field in beating Grace University 85-67 on Friday night.

OCC, 15-2 overall with a 14-game winning streak and ranked nationally in NCCAA Division II, shot 60 percent from the floor in taking a 46-36 halftime lead.

The Ambassadors, who entertain Baptist Bible at 7 p.m. Tuesday, received 27 points from Kyle Wicklund on 13-for-16 accuracy from the field. Wicklund also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Zac Hill added 18 points and eight assists for OCC. Kendall Wingert had 13 points. Wicklund also had three steaks and as many blocked shots.

The Royals, who shot just 34.3 percent from the field, were paced in scoring by Spencer Plank (18 points), who hit 12 of 13 free throws, and J.J. Hartung (14).

Crowder triumphs

NEOSHO, Mo. — The ’Lady Riders, according to coach Tina Robbins, were strong on defense and on the boards in knocking off Mineral Area 67-55 in a junior college test in Bob Sneller Gymnasium on Saturday.

Crowder, 14-4, handed Mineral Area its second loss in 18 games. The visitor, from Park Hills (Mo.), is ranked 15th in NJCAA Division I.

Crowder led 38-23 at the half in the clash of Region 16 opponents.

“We played very well defensively,” Robbins said. “We’ve been harping on rebounding and defense. We had great efforts in those categories.”

Crowder received 15 points apiece from Dorian Briggs and Terai Sadler. Camila Lacerda tallied 11 and Sarah Sagely 10. Sagely had three treys and Briggs a pair.

Crowder led 37-27 in rebounding behind eight apiece from Sadler and Chloe Nichols and six from Sagely. Crowder shot 43.6 percent from the field to 32.8 by Mineral Area.

Lacerda dished out nine assists. Sadler also had three steals and Lacerda, Nichols and Caprese Marshall each had two.

Mineral Area received 15 points apiece from Ashleigh Bow and Janelle Travis.

Crowder resumes in Sneller Gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against North Arkansas of Harrison.