College of the Ozarks men’s basketball took on the host team to open the Tabor College Classic on Friday evening in Hillsboro, Kansas.
Senior Brandt Cochran and Sophomore Klay Barton set the tone early for the Bobcats draining three-point baskets on each of the first three C of O possessions. The hot outside shooting would continue throughout the game, as the Bobcats connected on 9 of 18 (50%) long distance attempts in the first half and 6 of 11 (54.5%) for the second half. Going into the break, C of O led Tabor, 45-30.
Despite being down 15 at half, Tabor did not go away easily. The Blue Jays would open the second half on a 13-2 run to trim the Bobcat lead to just four. After a C of O timeout, the Bobcats made a few defensive adjustments, which quickly paid dividends with a pair of stops. Treydon Rackley took full advantage, sinking a three-point basket from a drive-and-kick by Andrew Mitchell.
Mid-way through the second half, Tabor College cut the lead to one point on two occasions, only to be answered by Bobcat three-point makes. Catching fire in the second half, Andrew Mitchell connected on four of his six three-point makes, which pushed the lead to 14 with just four minutes left to play. The Bobcats never looked back finishing the win, 84-72.
For the game, the Bobcats shot 39 of 63 (46%) from the field including a scorching 15 of 29 from downtown (51.7%). Perhaps more impressively, they held Tabor to just 8 of 33 (24.2%) from behind-the-arc.
Brandt Cochran led all scorers with 28 points on 10 of 22 shooting including 5 of 11 from outside. Andrew Mitchell used his 6 of 8 long distance makes to tally 18 total points. Trent McBride and Ayden Stone snatched 10 rebounds each. Klay Barton and Matt Luebbert both scored 9 points. Treydon Rackley scored 9 points, dished out 4 assists, and grabbed 4 boards.
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On Saturday, the Bobcats will face Bethany College at 3:00 PM.