(Editor’s note: MCC Athletics press release)
BOTTINEAU, ND — The Miles Community College men’s basketball built a 15-point lead, saw Dakota College Bottineau cut it to one, then held on late for a MonDak 84-Conference road victory. 78 Wednesday. The win was the 2nd straight road win in 4 days for the Pioneers after ending a 6-game homestand at 1-5.
Ray Daniels (Las Vegas, NV) came off the bench to score 23 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3’s, 2-2 FT) and grab 5 rebounds while fellow frontcourt player Blessing Adesipe (Houston, TX) scored 18 points (6-15 FG, 0-2 3’s, 6-7 FT) and had a team-high 14 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Lumberjacks were led by guard Deron McDaniel (Kansas City, MO) with 21 points (7-13 FG, 5-7 3’s, 2-2 FT), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Surafel Berhanie (Sioux Falls, SD) scored 19 points 7-15 FG, 5-11 3’s), and Akok Aguer (Sioux Falls, SD) scored 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3’s, 2-3 FT). Marcel Drone (Sheyboygan, WI) came off the bench to score 12 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 FT) and grab 6 rebounds. Loukas Triantis (Sydney, Australia) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for the Jacks.
The Lumberjacks fell to 4-14 in MonDak conference play and 12-15 overall. The Pioneers improved to 5-13 in MonDak Conference play and 8-19 overall. They will travel to Devils Lake, ND for a Sunday Super Bowl game with the Lake Region State Royals at 2:00 p.m. MST.
Meanwhile, Gabby Flute Player (Flandreau, SD) had 26 points (9-14 FG, 6-8 3’s, 2-2 FT) and grabbed 6 rebounds as the trailblazing women rallied from a 15-point deficit in the 2nd quarter and outscored the Jacks 41-22 in the last 2 quarters to earn a MonDak conference win. Catalina de Giorgi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) gave the Pioneers a huge boost from the bench by scoring 14 points (7-12 FG) and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Pioneers shot 17-31 from the field in the 2nd half for 55% and held the Lumberjacks to just 8-32 (25%) as the defense played well. Malta Montana keeper Kelbee Denham also provided five assists in the game.
The Lumberjacks were led by Maria Moore (Mandan, ND) with 18 points (8-18 FG, 2-9 3’s) and Haylie Conradsen (Savage, MT) had 15 points (4-13 FG, 3-7 3’s, 4- 6 FT) to go along with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Jacks connected at just 3-17 3 in the 2nd half.
The Lumberjacks fell to 8-10 in MonDak conference play and 16-11 overall. The Pioneers improved to 4-14 in MonDak Conference action and 6-21 overall. MCC will travel to Devils Lake, ND for a game with Lake Region State College on Super Bowl Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MST.