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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bulldog comeback falls short against Sterling 66-61

  • After a dreadful first 20 minutes Saturday, the Bulldogs nearly pulled off a 20-point comeback, losing 66-61 to the Sterling College Warriors.
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  • After a dreadful first 20 minutes Saturday, the Bulldogs nearly pulled off a 20-point comeback, losing 66-61 to the Sterling College Warriors.
    Another slow start plagued McPherson as the Warriors got up by 10 points in less than four minutes of play.
    Sterling kept their double-digit advantage for all but six minutes of the game’s opening period and got up by as many as 20, leading 37-17 at the half.
    Mac College made only 19.4 percent of their field goals in the first period as they made just 6-of-31 from the floor with two three balls.
    Sterling converted on 50 percent of their shots, draining 14-of-28 which included 6-of-14 from deep.
    The second half was much more intense as Mac started clawing away the lead, slowly but surely bringing them closer.
    By the 10-minute mark, McPherson had pulled within six points and was the aggressor. back-to-back baskets by Sterling increased their lead back to double-digits which is where it hung around for the next five minutes.
    Another surge by the Bulldogs got the score margin to two points with 3:05 showing on the clock.
    A short while later, a double technical foul on one of Sterling’s players gave McPherson a chance to again get within two points; a 3-of-4 shooting by Mason Hewitt (Norwich, Kan.) and two free throws by Warrior player Raheem Odomes put SC up by five points with just 20 seconds left.
    Two missed shots by McPherson gave SC the 66-61 victory.
    MC was 23-of-65 from the floor for the game and converted on 7-of-27 from distance.
    They shot right around their season average from the charity stripe, making 8-of-12. Samson Shivers came alive in the second half, scoring all of his 16 points. Darius Hill closed out the game with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
    Mason Hewitt was the final Bulldog in double figures scoring as he bucketed 11 points.
    A special Wednesday night contest will be the next competition for McPherson as they travel to North Newton for an 8 matchup against the 2-17 (0-8 KCAC) Bethel College Threshers.
    McPherson — Shivers 6-16 0-1 16; Hill 6-10 3-4 15; Hewitt 4-7 3-4 11; Bruner 4-9 1-1 9; Miller 2-5 1-2 7; Lee 1-5 0-2 3.
    Sterling — Odomes 7-16 4-7 18; Alexander 3-7 0-0 8; Green 2-5 0-0 6; Brown 3-4 0-4 6; Smith 1-1 0-0 2; Adesodun 3-11 4-6 11; Thompson 3-6 0-0 8; Stacker 2-3 1-1 5; Morris 1-1 0-0 2.

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