The Greyhounds of Moberly Area Community College came out attacking when they faced off with the Tigers as part of the Emerson Classic on Saturday, November 17. The aggressive play of the Greyhounds had the Tigers on their heels virtually all night as they dominated all aspects of the game as the only lead the Tigers were able to muster was an early 2-0 lead. From that point on, it was all MACC.
The offensive prowess of the Greyhounds was on display in the first quarter as they lit up the scoreboard for 28 points. Meanwhile, the Tigers were held to 11 points. While the MACC offense slowed down considerably in the second quarter, their defense was still on full display. The Greyhounds held the Tigers to three points in the second quarter as they hit a single three-point attempt. At the half, the Tigers trialed 42-14.
With their backs against the wall, the Tigers came out of the locker room and played one of their better offensive quarters of the year as they scored 19 points. However, the Greyhounds weren't to be outdone as they poured in 29 points in the quarter. The fourth quarter again saw the Tigers struggle offensively as they managed only five points while the Greyhounds only mustered eleven points in the period while getting some valuable rest for many of their key contributors. At the end of 40 minutes, MACC had defeated MCC 82-38.
A lone bright spot for the Tigers was that they received contributions from all nine team members. Every Tiger scored and secured a rebound in the loss while seven players contributed assists. However, they were unable to control Kezia Holmes who poured in 38 points for the Greyhounds on 15-22 shooting along with going 8-9 from the charity stripe. In addition to scoring, the Greyhounds dominated defensively and on the boards. The Greyhounds turned the Tigers over 23 times and recorded 17 steals. On the boards, MACC recorded 40 rebounds to just 22 Tiger boards.
The Tigers will look to bounce back in front of the home crowd on Tuesday, November 20 when they host Ellsworth Community College at 6 PM.