The North Central Missouri College Pirates picked up their first win of the 2013-2014 season, defeating the visiting St. Mary Spires 71-66 at the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton.
The Pirates received 28 points from freshman guard Tyrell Thirkield (from Higginsville), 19 points and 7 rebounds from Xavier Newson, and 11 points and 4 assists from sophomore Tyler Peterson. Contributing 10 rebounds to the winning cause was freshman forward Avion Ashford. Freshman center Andrew Berry had seven rebounds. The win improves NCMC to 1-1 on the young season. Coach Steve Richman praised the victory, nothing that St. Mary brought pretty much "all of their varsity, they left two back and brought everyone else". The University of St. Mary is a four-year school located in Leavenworth, Kansas.
The NCMC Lady Pirates had the night off. The first HOME doubleheader of the season comes up Wednesday night for the North Central teams, with the Lady Pirates, still in search of their first victory, hosting the Graceland JV at 5:30. The Pirate men will take on the Culver-Stockton JV at 7:30. The North Central teams will host Southwestern Community College (Creston, Iowa) on Saturday afternoon, with the women's game at 2 o'clock, and the men at 4 o'clock.