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Gritty Mustangs knock off Clarke

If you thought the Mount Mercy Mustangs were going to surrender just because two of their best players are out of action, guess again.

There's no quit in these guys.

The Mustangs banded together and dug a little deeper into their bench Wednesday night and held off Clarke, 88-80, in a Heart of America Conference men's basketball game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mohammed Albagami, who has stepped into the starting lineup the last three games, popped in four 3-pointers and notched 20 points to share team scoring honors with Dennis McKinney.

Antwain Strong almost collected a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Mike Evans contributed 11 points, five rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals. DJ Johnson, who was the ninth man in an eight-man rotation much of the season, played 23 minutes and scored 11 points.

"It's next man up," said Albagami, a senior from Battle Creek, Mich. "We're just trying to keep getting better."

Mychael Brawner-Henley (suspension) and Bailey Basala (sprained ankle) are expected back in the next week or two, and in the meantime the Mustangs are trying to keep it all together.

"Once we get everybody back to full strength, we feel like we can beat anybody," said Albagami. "We just have to keep it going."


No. 4 Eagles raise record to 15-2

The Kirkwood men's basketball team raised its record to 15-2 Wednesday night with an 86-77 victory over Bryant & Stratton in a non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

All-American Doug Wilson canned 8 of 10 shots from the field and led the fourth-ranked Eagles with 18 points.

Luke Appel finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Kirkwood. Connor Kasperbauer popped in five 3-pointers and contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Allante Pickens scored 14 points for the Eagles. Brady Sartorius finished with eight points and five assists.

Justin Brookens tossed in seven 3-pointers and poured in 29 points for Bryant & Stratton (13-7).


No. 10 KCC women roll by SCC

KEOKUK - The 10th-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team roared to a 41-12 lead at halftime Wednesday night and dunked Southeastern, 70-48, in an ICCAC conference game in Keokuk.

The Eagles outscored the Blackhawks, 23-3, in the second quarter to take complete control of the game.

Ashley Tull scored 13 points for Kirkwood (15-5, 5-0). Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Anasha Hurst contributed 11 points in the victory. Johanna Myers hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points. Paige Bradford had eight points and seven rebounds.


Mount Mercy women fall short

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team was red-hot at times Wednesday night and ice-cold at other times.

They turned cold at the wrong time in the fourth quarter and lost to Clarke, 64-56, in a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy scored 22 points in the first quarter, then cooled off and scored only five points in the second period. The Mustangs got hot again in the third quarter and pumped in 25 points, but they got cold again in the fourth stanza with only four points.

It's unusual to see a team score 22, 5, 25 and 4 points in consecutive quarters, but it happened Wednesday night.

The Mustangs enjoyed an eight-point lead in the third quarter when they were pumping in 3-pointers, but the Mustangs did not score during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the game slipped away.

Chelsey Lampe and Sara Blowers scored nine points for Mount Mercy (5-14, 1-12). Makenna Haase scored 18 points for Clarke (12-6, 7-6).


Mount Mercy men fall in final minute

FAYETTE, Mo. - The short-handed Mount Mercy Mustangs came within 60 seconds of collecting a precious road victory Monday night.

Mount Mercy rallied from a 12-point deficit and took a 79-78 lead over Central Methodist on a 3-pointer by Mohammed Albagami with 1:04 remaining, but the Mustangs did not scored again.

Central Methodist scored the last eight points in the final 57 seconds and posted an 86-79 victory over the Mustangs in a Heart of America  Conference game.

Mount Mercy (9-8, 4-7) dropped its third straight outing, a streak that corresponds with Mychael Brawner-Henley (suspension) and Bailey Basala (sprained ankle) being out of action.

Dennis McKinney had a big game for the Mustangs with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Albagami finished with six 3-pointers and 20 points. Antwain Strong and Mike Evans scored 11 points apiece.


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