Bulldogs to journey to York on Thursday

By Steve Sell
January 04, 2017

It’s nothing but conference games remaining for McPherson College’s basketball teams.

Both Mac teams recently passed the halfway point of the season and they have 14 KCAC games left as the conference now plays a seemingly endless 22-game slate.

The Mac teams make the 180-mile trip to York, Neb., on Thursday to resume conference play against York College.

The women play at 6 p.m., with the men to follow. Voice of the Bulldogs Matt Cole will be on the air at 5:50 for the call.

It will be the tale of two opponents for the Bulldogs.

The Mac women, 3-5 in the KCAC and 8-8 overall, can’t afford to look past a York team that is 0-8 and 0-14. The Panthers have played some teams close, including Bethany (70-67) and Central Christian College (73-70). The game that should catch the Bulldogs’ attention is a 75-71 loss to Southwestern, which is ahead of Mac in the standings.

Mac is coming off a 66-50 victory over Dakota State as it played perhaps its best defensive game of the season.

For the Mac men, the test is much more extreme. The Panthers are 6-2 in the KCAC and a game behind Tabor and 10-6 overall. They were ranked No. 15 in the country in the most recent poll, but that was before they lost three non-conference games over the holiday break, including a 107-93 decision to a Hastings team the Bulldogs defeated earlier this season.

The Panthers are a high-scoring team as most of their games have been in the 80s or 90s.  They have two of the KCAC’s top players in strapping 6-6 and 230-pound Cameron Coleman and quick 5-11 guard Johnny Cooksey.

Mac needs to get moving in the KCAC if it wants to make the postseason tournament. The Bulldogs are 1-7, though they have lost several close games. Overall they are 7-9 and coming off a competitive loss to Baker on New Year’s Eve.