Youthful Mac men pull off another stunner

By Steve Sell
February 08, 2018
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YORK, Neb. — McPherson College’s men’s basketball team is becoming a thorn in the side of the KCAC contenders.

Jeffrey Oxford’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in overtime gave Mac a 95-92 lead and then Grant Munsen blocked the potential tying shot at the buzzer as the Bulldogs pulled off an upset of York College.

Mac has knocked off other KCAC contenders Friends and Tabor in recent games.

“I can't say enough about this group right now," said Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber, whose team is now 5-14 in the KCAC and 8-19 overall after being 1-13 at one point. "We never gave up. We were down in overtime, but fought back. We continue to play our best and it has been exciting. I hope we get a great crowd Saturday. Kansas Wesleyan is also playing well and it should be a great game."

York had scored the first 5 points of overtime and appeared headed for another win against the Bulldogs. When the teams met at the Sport Center, York overcame a 22-point deficit for a 103-98 victory. But the Bulldogs never wavered and made the plays when they had to.

Mac was down by 8 at one point in the first half, but closed on a rush for a 43-40 lead. In the second half, York charged to an 11-point lead with 4:50 left, but the Bulldogs exploded for a 16-5 rip down the stretch and forced overtime on a 3-pointer by Chamaje Barideaux.

It was a great night for Mac’s freshmen as Oxford scored 26 points and Barideaux had 19 off the bench. Senior Aaron Bachura was a steady hand with 22 points and Lual Magot came off the bench for 13, along with 9 rebounds. Another freshman, Fred Watts, pulled down 11 rebounds.

Nevell Lenard led York with 31. 

Mac (95) — Oxford 26, Bachura 22, Watts 9, Munsen 4, Barideaux 19, Magot 13, Parker III 2.

York (92) — Lenard 31, Johnson 20, Smith 13, Burnett 10, T. Lenear 8, Johnson 4, Rashid 3, E. Lenear 3.

• MAC WOMEN 71, YORK 60 — It wasn’t quite the blowout as anticipated since York had lost 13 in a row, but the Mac women picked up a much-needed road win, only their third of the year away from the Sport Center, to move closer to KCAC playoff berth.

The Bulldogs are now 9-10 in the KCAC and two games up on Ottawa with three left to play for the eighth and final playoff spot. Mac has difficult Kansas Wesleyan coming to town on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had a mixed bag, up by 17 at one point in the first half before going cold to lead by just 7, 32-25, at the break. The Bulldogs finally took control of the game in the second half to even their season record at 13-13.

Sonerka White continued her recent inspired play with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Brooklyn Coe added 14 points and Danielle Holt came off the bench to provide energy with 10 points and 4 rebounds.

Mac (71) — White 22, Coe 14, Racette 7, Richardson 7, Roberts 5, Holt 10, Olvera 3, Zimmerman 2, Harlow 1.

York (60) — Sharkey 18, Shafer 6, Frendenhall 5, Rendon 2, McGee 11, Hackel 6, Williams 5, Manjarrez 4, Fike 3.