The College of the Ozarks’ Bobcats took to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon in a match up against Southwestern College of Winfield, Kansas, where the College’s homecoming crowd cheered the Bobcats to a 98-72 victory. The Bobcats took the lead in the early portion of the first half and never looked back. Newcomer Derek Daniels, a junior guard, hit 7 of 12 three-point shots to lead the team in scoring with 24 points. Nathane Simniok was 6-8 in field goals, with 12 points, and Alex Santiago and Pete Leonard contributed with double digit scoring. Leonard worked hard on the boards providing 4 offensive and 5 defensive rebounds, and freshman guard Joe Young grabbed four on each end as well. Southwestern’s key player, Cameron Clark, let the Mound Builders with 20 points and ten rebounds, while Jordan Giddings contributed 17 points and Tyler Shirley picked up 7 rebounds. Today’s win brings the Bobcats’ early-season record to 2-0. The ‘Cats will play Friends University on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:30 PM in the Keeter Athletic Complex on the College’s campus.
At the opening of today’s game, the College recognized the contributions of 2009-2013 team member Mike Wiebe, as Wiebe’s #12 jersey was officially retired and displayed in the Keeter Gym. Wiebe is one of the most decorated athletes in the College of the Ozark’s history. In his 4-year career, he helped lead the Bobcats to 81 wins , an NAIA Final Four berth in 2011, and an Elite 8 finish in 2013. Mike earned NAIA All-American honors three consecutive years and was the 2012 Midlands Conference player of the year. In addition, Mike set a single season scoring record (797 points), most career free throws made (501), and is the Bobcats all-time scoring leader with 2,468 points.