The College of the Ozarks men’s basketball team closed out their regular season in a big way on Tuesday evening, as they defeated Crowley’s Ridge College, 119-99.
Before the starting lineups were announced, junior guard Cameron Paschke of the College of the Ozarks was presented with a plaque to commemorate his 1,000th career point. Paschke is a junior, who began his Bobcat career as a freshman in 2013 and played more than 30 games each of his last two seasons with the Cats. On Friday, February 12th, with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second half of the Bobcats game against Central Christian, the crowd was ignited as Paschke hit a three-pointer to collect his 1,000th career point.
The first half was an offensive display by both teams, as Crowley’s Ridge shot 52.4% from the field and College of the Ozarks shot 61.5%. Working his way toward the next milestone, Paschke tallied 20 points in the first half to lead all scorers, hitting 4-of-6 three pointers. Also scoring in double figures in the first half were Bobcat Ethan Murray (11), and Pioneers’ Cameron Ballard (13) and Shaquille Culbreath (11). The half closed with CofO in the lead by a score of 68-49, thanks in large part to 11 trey’s drained by the Bobcats.
The second half found the Bobcats’ shooting percentage falling to 40.5, while Crowley’s Ridge was 50%. Although Paschke was relatively quiet in the second half, Murray put up another 10, and five additional Bobcats moved into double figures in scoring. Paschke led the Cats with 22, Ethan Murray had 21, Ethan Davidson tallied 17, Kiefer Starbird picked up 14, Joe Young and Skyler Frazier each contributed 13, and Ryan Burland added 10. Both Starbird and Young posted double-doubles on the night, as Starbird collected 17 rebounds and Young grabbed 10. The Pioneers’ Culbreath led all scorers with 32.
The Bobcats close out their regular season with a 20-7 record. They will head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend to play in the A.I.I. conference tournament, facing Central Christian College on Friday evening.
Pictured: Ethan Murray for 3; Cameron Paschke & Head Coach Steve Shepherd