February 15, 2016

Bobcats Honor Seniors but Fall to York

BasketballThe Bobcats honored their four seniors on Saturday evening—Skyler Frazier, Ethan Murray, Grant Williamson and Colton Hensley.

Henlsey and Williamson have served as Student Assistants to Coach Shepherd and the Bobcats for four seasons.   Hensley (West Plains) and Williamson (Willard) are both senior PE K12 majors with coaching minors, who have excelled in the classroom and been an integral component of the Bobcats’ success on and off the court.

Frazier is a forward from Willard, Missouri, seeking a degree in History Education.  Over his career, he played 102 games for the Cats, scoring 518 points, hauling in 381 rebounds, and notching 92 assists.  Frazier has been a great leader for the team on and off the court, most particularly in terms of the courage and intense dedication it takes to overcome injury.

Murray, a guard from Neosho, Mo., is completing a degree in Physical Education Exercise Science.  Over his C of O career, Ethan has scored over 1,500 points, grabbed 400+ rebounds and made 250-plus three-pointers.  He currently leads the Bobcats in scoring and ranks #3 in NAIA DII in 3-point field goals made per game (3.91).  He was also named All-Conference and an MCAC  Scholar Athlete in 2014-15.  Murray has established himself as one of the best shooters in C of O history.

Following the recognition, the Bobcats took the court against York College for the second time in two weeks.  Unfortunately, the Cats were unable to even the score with the Panthers, who won 94-83 last week, and the Cats fell again, this time by a score of 84-73.

York opened the early portion of the game strong, posting a 12-point lead, but the Cats battled back to pull ahead late in the first half and take a 1-point lead, 36-35, to the locker room.   In the second half, however, York out-rebounded the Cats 20-12, as the Panthers tallied 44 rebounds for the game.  Although the Bobcats shot 91.7 from the free throw line, York had more opportunities--shooting 20 free throws to only 12 by C of O.

Leading the Bobcats were sophomore Canyon Smith (18 pts.), junior Cameron Paschke (14 pts., 4 assists), senior Skyler Frazier (11 pts.), and freshman Ethan Davidson (10 pts.).  Ethan Murray picked 3 steals and added 8 points, while Joe Young led with 8 rebounds.

The Bobcats, now 18-7 on the season, will head to Haskell University to play the Indians Tuesday evening, February 16.