Mustangs dominant in win over Warriors
MACU 103 Appalachian Bible 50
By Craig Moyer
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Mid-Atlantic Christian University men’s basketball team controlled the game from start to finish on their way to a 103-50 win over Appalachian Bible at home Saturday afternoon.
MACU (5-12) snapped a six-game losing streak with the victory and received strong performances up and down their lineup throughout the game.
After the Warriors opened the game with a three-pointer, the Mustangs went on a 10-0 run and led the rest of the game.
The run was capped off by an alley-oop from Grayson Tejada to Dixon Ogwo, which brought a roar from the home crowd.
Ogwo was one of several Mustangs who had a size advantage against the Warriors, which proved to be one of the biggest mismatches of the game, as the Mustangs dominated in the paint and on the boards.
Another advantage for MACU was their defense, as they played primarily in a man-to-man set and forced several turnovers, which led to fast-break points.
Mustangs head coach Allan Harris said his team has been working on their man-to-man defense because it had been a weak point as of late, but was pleased to see his team defend well.
“That created a lot of turnovers and from that point we were able to execute and get a lot of fast break baskets,” Harris said.
MACU used their depth to their advantage and had a balanced scoring attack, with 10 different players scoring at least four points in the win.
DaQuon Copeland scored a team-high 18 points off the bench and was one of six players to finish the game in double figures.
Ogwo finished the game with 13 points and also grabbed eight rebounds.
Tejada also finished the game with eight rebounds for the Mustangs, adding 11 points.
Ogwo, Jonathan DeLaRosa, Alex Stanley and Aaron Jackson all used their side as a force on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
“We had to play to our strengths and focus on rebounding, boxing out, taking advantage of the size difference and be able to exploit that,” Harris said.
DeLaRosa finished the game with 10 points and seven boards, with Stanley adding four points and five boards and Jackson finished with four points and six rebounds.
Jackson closed the opening half with a buzzer-beating jumper, bringing the crowd to their feet and sending the Mustangs into the locker room with a commanding 49-22 lead.
Markel Ming also finished in double figures for the Mustangs with 12 points, while Colin Cunningham added nine points.
Early in the second half, the Mustangs connected on a barrage of three-pointers to extend their lead to 89-42 at the 14:40 mark of the second half.
Tyler Hendrix, who finished the game with 22 points, Copeland and Ming led the Mustangs behind the arc.
“We have been struggling from the three point line, so to see them knock down some threes really boosts confidence going forward,” Harris said.
MACU led by us much as 57 points down the stretch and closed out the game with a 103-50 victory.
Warren Wilson 92, MACU 59: The Lady Mustangs struggled to keep pace with the Lady Owls after the opening quarter and fell 92-59 at home Saturday afternoon.
MACU (5-11) fell behind 13-2 early, but used a 7-0 run to cut into Warren Wilson’s lead late in the opening quarter.
The four-point deficit was as close as the Lady Mustangs would come as the Lady Owls used their fast break speed to run away with the game from the second quarter on.
Warren Wilson led by just seven late in the second quarter, but closed the half on a 11-2 run to take a 42-26 lead into the second half.
MACU head coach Charles Troxell noted his team’s fatigue as a large disadvantage in the game, as the Lady Mustangs were coming off a hard-fought victory on Friday night.
“It was a close game early, but we ran out of gas,” Troxell said. “We did not execute the way we know how and we let the game get out of hand.”
Cierra Cook lead the Lady Mustangs with a team-high 21 points while also grabbing five rebounds.
Tierra Lester finished the game with a double-double for MACU, scoring 10 points and bringing down 11 rebounds.
The Lady Mustangs head coach said his team played good defense when they were able to get set, but the Lady Owls speed led to a lot of easy baskets
“Our players are just sore and they did not have much left in the tank,” Troxell said.
Amanda Lemons finished with nine points for the Lady Mustangs, while Aleah McNeal added eight points in the loss.