College of the Ozarks Bobcats hosted the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic and picked up a 114-95 victory over Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, Mo.) on Thursday evening.
In addition, Christian Action Ministries scored a check of $1000 just prior to tip-off toward their food pantry ministry, thanks to the support of Branson McDonald’s. This is the 37thyear that Branson McDonald’s has sponsored the CofO McDonald’s Classic. In 1984, McDonald’s and College of the Ozarks decided to partner with Christian Action Ministries (CAM) to help raise food for the hungry in the Branson/Tri-Lakes area, and at that time the tournament became known as the CofO McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic. Each year, attendees at the classic are asked to bring 5 canned goods in exchange for free admission to the game. These canned goods and staples are then donated to CAM to assist in serving those community members in need.
The ballgame featured a great deal of offense on both sides, as five Bobcats and five Saints closed out the game in double figures.
Brandt Cochran led the way for CofO with 42 points, his career high. He was followed by Ethan Davidson (25), Heath Carmichael (15), Treydon Rackley (12), and Storm Price (10). Klay Barton dished a game-leading 10 assists, while Rackley collected a double-double, pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. Cochran went an impressive 10 of 14 from the three-point line, while leading the game with 5 steals.
Thursday’s win improves the Bobcats’ record to 13-4.
The Bobcats will have a short break in action before playing on the road in the Indiana University Northwest Classic next Friday and Saturday. The Cats will return home to host a classic of their own on January 18 and 19, playing both of their games at 7:00 p.m.