Mac cagers on the road Tuesday

By Steve Sell
November 03, 2014

McPherson College’s men’s basketball team hopes to follow up its balanced effort of Saturday in a 94-81 win over Haskell with a second straight road victory Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs travel to Manhattan Christian for a 7 p.m. matchup.

“I felt like we had a solid effort Saturday,” Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “The most pleasing stat being only four turnovers. It will take us some time, but we have a chance to be a very competitive team. We’re still learning to play together with many new faces. Haskell presented problems with their size inside. They also have a couple of good shooters.  I thought our defensive pressure wore them down in second half. Once we took lead, we didn't look back.”

The Bulldogs were led by T.J. Grant with 28 points, while DeAndre Henson scored 15, Darius Hill tallied 14 and plucked 16 rebounds, and Ramon Martinez and Page Beeler added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Manhattan Christian will provide good competition as it’s always competitive, and it plays very methodical and mistake-free.

“Manhattan Christian is always well coached,” Swartzendruber said. “They will execute their offensive sets as well as anyone we play. They have a lot of new players this year. But their best player from last year, Sage Ruis, is back.”

The game marks the season opener for Manhattan Christian.

It’s a busy week for the Bulldogs, who play Friday and Saturday in Denver in the Johnson and Wales Classic. Northern New Mexico is the opponent Friday and the host Wildcats are the Saturday opponent.

• WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA — The Mac women, who lost 76-56 in their opener to Haskell, play Tuesday at future KCAC school Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The Eagles, who will join the conference next year as they currently reside in the MCAC along with Haskell and Central Christian College, already have played two games, going 1-1. They routed Ecclesia College 89-37 before losing 76-64 to Texas Wesleyan.

The Eagles are coached by Jason Jeschke, a former assistant coach at Southwestern College of the KCAC.

Mac struggled with turnovers in its season opener, committing 27. Bailey Brown scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Sunny Smart tallied 12 and Georgia Smart added 10.