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Men's Basketball Drops Tough One in Overtime

Saturday night following the Women’s Basketball game, the Royals Men’s team came out ready for a competitive contest, and they sure got one. Falling behind early, the Royals would come back and tie it up before the game was decided in overtime.

To start the first half of play Ecclesia played strong defense, but was having some trouble getting going on offense. Following the first twenty minutes of action the Royals were trailing to Nebraska Christian by a score of 38-27.

In the second half the shot began to fall more consistently for Ecclesia, but the defense wasn’t stopping NCC. Midway through the half Ecclesia switched to a zone defense and took over. The defense began forcing stops and turnovers leading to transition points and the comeback was on. The Royals tied up the game scoring 44 in the second half to end regulation knotted at 71.

The comeback attempt fell short in the overtime minutes, as Ecclesia was only able to score 3 more points resulting in an 81-74 loss. Vince Toftness (Owenton, KY/Asbury University) led the Royals with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Ecclesia’s next game is an exhibition against Rhema Bible Training College on February 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Tulsa, OK.

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