Thunder Win Conference Tournament Title
Saturday evening in Haviland, KS proved to be a fun one as the Thunder would erase a five point halftime deficit against the third seeded Eagles from Faith Baptist Bible College to win the game 83-64 and claim their third straight Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament Championship.
MCC would advance to the championship game after knocking off the fifth seeded Eagles from Emmaus Bible College 93-52 on Friday night. At the conference awards ceremony prior to the game seniors Jordan White (MVP), Ferdinand Handy (1st Team) and Taymont Lindsey (HM) along with junior Dyelan Reed (2nd Team) were recognized as all-conference performers.
"All the credit in the world to Faith. They compete so well all the time and are a tough matchup for us. I'm proud of our guys. A fourth consecutive regular season conference title and a third straight conference tournament title for this group of seniors is something they'll always have and something they should be proud of. Now, we need to turn the page and focus on our upcoming first round game at the region tournament," stated Head Coach Jordan Strom.
All eyes now turn to the upcoming NCCAA SW Region Tournament hosted by Randall University in Moore, Oklahoma this coming week. The Thunder have earned the #2 seed in the North division and will play the #3 seed in the South division, Arlington Baptist University, at 3:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. MCC has not won a game at the region tournament either of the last two seasons - including a heartbreaking 81-88 loss to Arlington Baptist in the 2021 region tournament. Should the Thunder win they would advance to a semifinal contest on Friday night at 7:00 pm against the winner of #1S Champion Christian and whoever they would play from the 4S/5S play-in game.
The Thunder are currently ranked #8 in the NCCAA DII Coaches Poll and #4 in the NCCAA Power Ratings. All games will be streamed live at www.rusaints.com and updates will be made on social media. You can follow the team here and on twitter @mccmbb and instagram @mccmb_.
NCCAA SW Region Tournament Seeds:
1N. Kansas Christian College
2N. Manhattan Christian College
3N. Spurgeon College
4N. Ozark Christian College
5N. Barclay College
1S. Champion Christian College
2S. Dallas Christian College
3S. Arlington Baptist University
4S. SW Adventist University
5S. Randall University