Bulldog cagers sweep games in Classic

By Steve Sell
November 04, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

McPherson College’s basketball teams began play successfully in their own Classic on Friday at the Sport Center.

• Mac men 104, Haskell 69 — Even though they’re decimated by injuries, the Bulldogs forged on with the easy win.

Mac is down four of its top seven players, but used a 34-of-40 effort from the foul line to pull away to the easy win and even its record at 1-1.

Louis Parker III came off the bench for a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Grant Raleigh scored 16, while Aaron Bachura and Garrett Owen tallied 14 apiece. Mac rolled even though it shot only 32 of 76 from the field, 6 of 26 from 3-point.

“It was great to bounce back tonight," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "I thought our defense in the first half set the tone. We need to continue to improve on both ends of the floor."

Mac wraps up Classic play tonight with a 6 p.m. matchup with Hastings College. The Broncos were an 80-78 winner over Bethel in the first game.

Mac (104) — Raleigh 16, Bachura 14, Owen 14, Gurley 8, Watts 8, Parker 19, Oxford 8, Ellison 6, Vogt 5, Wolters 4, Barideaux 2.

Haskell (69) — Bruns 12, Moore 10, Hendricks 9, Elledge 2, Keah-Tigh 10, Parsons 7, Winn 6, Wilson 5, Tate 4, Johnson 4.

• Mac women 67, Bellevue 63 — The Bulldogs charged back in the second half for an inspiring victory as Bellevue had come into the game 3-0 and is just on the outside of making the NAIA Top 25 as it’s receiving votes in the national poll.

The Bruins raced to a 44-31 halftime lead, but Mac held them to just 8 points in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 4, then outscored Bellevue 19-11 in the final period.

Sonerka White fired in 22 points for the Bulldogs as she’s proving to be a quality newcomer as she scored 26 in the season opener. Danielle Holt supplied 12 points, while Brooke Racette came off the bench for 9 rebounds.

Mac is now 2-0 and plays Haskell today at 4:00. The Indians were edged 58-54 in overtime on Friday by Bethel in the earlier game.

Mac (67) — Battle 9, Coe 5, Holt 12, Richardson 5, White 22, Abunaja 2, Milum 3, Olvera 3, Racette 6.

Bellevue (63) — Cormier 10, Curtis 6, Dean 9, Martinez 11, McCartney 15, Mozena 5, Tucker 5, Winkler 2.