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Hoops Teams Split Against Blue Mtn. Saturday


Eagles 79, BMC 67

The crowd at Williams Baptist College Saturday witnessed a contest which featured eight ties, six lead changes, and the largest lead by either team totaling eight points. In the end, the Eagles men squeaked past Blue Mountain College by three points, 70-67.

For the second straight game, the Eagles were led by their seniors. Five seniors accounted for 90 percent of WBC's points. Zabian Sanders scored a career-high 27, Chase Norwood scored 14, and Kyle Harvey scored 12 to the lead the Eagles. Following them were Maurice Templeton with six and Phillip Sykes with four. Harvey also added 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double on the season. All five started the game and are seniors.

The team shot 50 percent from the floor, while holding Blue Mountain to 40 percent. The Eagles also made 15-of-19 shots from the free throw line, which is the highest free throw percentage for WBC in a game this season with a minimum of five attempts.

The win brings WBC's record to 8-3 and is the team's best start under Head Coach Josh Austin. The eight wins have already matched the win total from a year ago.

Williams will play its final game before Christmas break on Saturday, December 15, at Bethel University. Bethel is ranked 24th in the latest NAIA National Poll. The game will start at 4 p.m. and will be played in McKenzie, Tenn.

The Eagles will return home and play Columbia College on January 3 at 7:30 p.m. That game will be played in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center. The Cougars are currently ranked sixth in the NAIA.

Lady Eagles 61, BMC 64

The Blue Mountain College Lady Toppers came into the Southerland-Mabee Center at Williams Baptist College Saturday and notched a narrow win over the Lady Eagles. The final score was 64-61.

Kimberly Wise led Williams with 16 points. She was 7-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-6 from 3-point range. Following her was Cheyenne Childers with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Childers added seven rebounds to lead the Eagles. Tieara Burks provided a spark off the bench with nine points.

The Lady Eagles shot 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc but were unable to get on top of Blue Mountain.

The loss drops their season record to 6-3. Head Coach Carol Halford and the Lady Eagles will travel to Little Rock, Ark., to play against Philander Smith on Saturday, December 15. The game will start at 2 p.m. The Lady Eagles next home game will be January 3 at 5:30 p.m., when they take on Columbia College.

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