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Men's Basketball Week 1

In the month of October, the weather begins to drastically change, the leaves and grass begin to lose their beauty due to the fall weather, Halloween falls on the last day of the month… but October also indicates the beginning of college basketball!

MBB played 3 contests in the month but kicked off their year with Central Christian College in Kansas (on the road). If you’re unfamiliar with the NAIA/NCCAA teams and level of play, please note that there are easier ways to start the year than playing CCC.

The Royals kicked off their year in heartbreaking fashion, losing a nail-biter to CCC, 75-73. Although a loss, Meron Ghebreyesus almost started the year off with our first 30-point game but ended with 29 pts for the Royals. Jaquan Dotson, however, did record the first double-double of the year with an 11 point and 13 rebound effort.

Needing to bounce back, the Royals went back on the road for a jamboree of sorts at Champion Christian and did exactly that. Game 1 of their weekend in Hot Springs, AR included a matchup against the hosting Tigers. They started out slow (the same way game 1 of the year ended) shooting below 34 % from both the field and beyond the arc, but found their groove in the second half and shot 53% from the field and 52% percent from deep. The second half offensive explosion brought Coach Flegler and his men their first victory of the season, 94-72 over the Champion Christian Tigers. Notable stats from this game include the 26-point 9 rebound performance from Dotson and the 19 points on 5/6 from 3pt from Shamar Jones. Additionally, 5 Royals finished with double-digit points.

Game 2 of the weekend, saw the NCCAA division 1 matchup of the Royals and the Randall University Saints. This game would start much like the first 2, where EC went into the locker-room at half shooting below 35% percent from both the field and 3pt land. They came out of half-time and proceeded to shoot 57% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. Shamar carried the Royals offensively with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Meron and Zach McGee also contributed with 22 (Meron) and 18 (Zach).

We are excited to see how this team grows and competes moving forward into their extremely difficult Nov and Dec schedules.

Next up: The Royals will be on the road Nov 4th, and are traveling to Batesville, AR to take on Lyon College at 5:30 p.m.

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