The North Central Missouri College men's basketball team beat the William Penn junior varsity on Monday night before falling at State Fair Community College on Wednesday night.
On Monday night at the Ketcham Center, North Central rolled to a 109-96 victory over the Statesmen, with Tyrell Thirkield continuing his outstanding February scoring surge with 31 points. Jory Woodson added 21 points and six assists, with Xavier Newson scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 boards, Andrew Berry 13 points, Tyler Peterson 11, and Justin Seamon 10.
The competition level increased greatly for NCMC on Wednesday night, as, in a game broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7 and www.kgozfm.com, the Pirates fell to Division One powerhouse State Fair by a final score of 88-74. Kevin Punter led the Roadrunners with 17 points, matched by 17 from Bubba Hill. Dondre Alexander had 16, Joe Thomasson 11, and Jean-Louis Wanwa 10 points for SFCC. The Roadrunners, with the victory, improve to 21-6 on the season.
The Pirates had an outstanding second half in the game at Sedalia, outscoring State Fair 30-20 to begin the half before the Roadrunners increased the lead back to 18. North Central, in falling to 15-12, was paced by 22 points from Jory Woodson, 12 each from Tyrell Thirkield and Xavier Newson, and 10 points from Andrew Berry.
NCMC will play at Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington, MO) on Saturday afternoon, with tip at 4 o'clock. The women play at 2. Both games, with pregame at 1:45, will be broadcast LIVE on Hot Country Z 101.7 and www.kgozfm.com. The Pirate men, with a victory, would lock up the #3 seed for next weekend's Region 16 tournament in Lexington.