Men’s Basketball Shows Good Signs
Once again Men’s Basketball school break started later than all other students at Ecclesia. After school was dismissed for Christmas break, the Men Royals were preparing for three more contests. Two games in the inaugural Dallas Christian Christmas Classic and a game against NCAA Division 1 Alcorn State.
The opening game of the tournament was against Southwestern College out of Winfield, KS. The first five of the Royals outscored the first five of the Builders 60-59, but the depth of Southwestern proved to be overwhelming. The bench of the Builders posted 52 points compared to 3 points off the EC bench. The Royals would shoot 38% from behind the arc, near 90% from the free-throw line, and have two players eclipse 20 points with Deondre Phillips posting 26 and Drew Cone posting 24, but it would not be enough to fight off the balanced attack of SC.
The second game of the tournament was against the host school of Dallas Christian College. This game quickly went in the direction of Ecclesia and stayed there for the remainder of the game. The Royals would sink 12 out of 18 threes in the first half alone to build a 69-40 lead. The onslaught continued as the Royals picked up their defense in the second half, only allowing 23 points. At the buzzer the score was 120-63 Royals. The Royals were lead by Zachary McGee with 44 points setting the Ecclesia College single game points record on 6 of 8 from three, Drew Cone added 38 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists as he set the Ecclesia College record for three pointers made in a single game with 10, and Deondre Phillips ending with 18 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds. The Royals would end the game shooting 64% from the field and 65% from three. As a team the Royals would set the Ecclesia College record with 23 made three pointers in the single game. This win improved the Royals to 2-1 against NCCAA Single Affiliate Schools.
The last game before going home for Christmas was against Alcorn State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Braves proved to be too much for the Royals early and dominated the remainder of the contest. The Braves would have six players score in double figures to the Royals three. The Royals were led by Senior Drew Cone with 25 points on 7 of 13 from deep, Sophomore Deondre Phillips would add 19 points, and Freshman Zachary McGee chipped in 15 points. The Royals dropped the game 122-71.
The Royals next contest is at home against Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO on January 10, 2020. This game ends a 12-game road streak for the Royals.