Ecclesia men's basketball traveled to Haviland, KS for an NCCAA matchup with Barclay College on Tuesday, February 9th.
It was a tale of two styles. Barclay College started a fast line-up of 6'2" and under, Ecclesia started a massive lineup of 6'2" and up - including 6'10" and 7' Centers. The game plans were pretty easy to catch on to, "Run the Royals out of the gym," and "Beat the Bears into the ground." Both gameplans worked in the first half as the teams entered halftime 45-44 in favor of the home team. The Bears were effective in their fast paced game sinking six threes in the first half, and the Royals inside presence was evident especially from 6'10" Matthew Hamer's 12 point, 8 rebound opening period. The second half was not as even as foul trouble hurt the EC inside and the guard play from the Bears exploded. Barclay would shoot 10-17 from behind the arc in the second half to propel them to a 102-80 win.
Nicholas Coble: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 5/10 3PT
Matthew Hamer: 12 points, 10 rebounds
Asher Booth: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Shamar Jones: 18 points
Next on the schedule for the Royals is in Muskogee, OK against Bacone College. Check here for your follow-up article.