Bobcat basketball headed south on Tuesday to continue their stretch of A.I.I. competition, taking on the Pioneers of Crowley's Ridge College. The Bobcats came away with a 20-point victory, 81-61.
C of O took an early 4-0 lead to open the first half, but CRC went on 10-3 run to gain a three-point edge (10-7) with 13:37 to play. A basket by Ayden Stone, followed by a Brandt Cochran trey, put the Cats back on top (12-10). The two teams battled back and forth, and C of O held a 26-24 lead with 5:23 remaining. A combination of seven quick points by Trent McBride and a Treydon Rackley three pushed the Cats ahead by double figures. C of O proceeded to close out the half with a 41-30 advantage.
The Pioneers opened the second half with a three-pointer, but C of O responded with some buckets of their own and maintained control through the half, leading by as many as 25 points. The Cats closed out the game with a 20-point victory to improve their record to 14-10.
McBride led the Bobcats with a game- and career-high 25 points and 14 rebounds for the double double. Rackley added 14 points, going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field, including four three-pointers. He also added seven rebounds and a game-leading eight assists. Cochran and Klay Barton each tallied 14 points on the night.
For the game, the Bobcats shot 51.7% from the field versus 35.2% by CRC. C of O drained 11 of 25 triples and dished 25 assists. CRC won the rebounding efforts by a slight edge of 40-38. The two teams were fairly evenly matched in turnovers with 10 for CRC and 11 for C of O.
The Bobcats will return to their home court later this week to face Kansas Christian College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Keeter Gymnasium.