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WBC Scores Two Hoops Wins Over Park


The Eagles and Lady Eagles notched American Midwest Conference wins Saturday as WBC hosted Park University for a basketball doubleheader.

Eagles 83, Park 75

The Eagles of Williams Baptist College improved to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the American Midwest Conference with an 83-75 victory over Park College on Saturday. A large Williams crowd left the Southerland-Mabee Center in good spirits after the solid win.

The contest was back and forth throughout the first half, with Park going into halftime with a two point advantage. However, Williams put on a strong second half display, outscoring the Pirates 46-36 in the second frame.

"We played good defense throughout the game, but Coach Austin told us to turn it up for the last five minutes, and we did," said Zabian Sanders, who led the Eagles with 23 points.

WBC's starters scorched the net for a combined 76 points, making 92 percent of the team's total points. All five starters are seniors. Following Sanders were Phillip Sykes with 16 points, Kyle Harvey with 15, and Rashad Danzy and Chase Norwood with 11 a piece.

"Our seniors played like seniors. I was very proud of them," said Head Coach Josh Austin. "Our underclassmen have the advantage to watch and learn from each of our seniors and replicate that in the future. This is vital to the foundation of our program."

The Eagles shot a blistering 50 percent from 3-point range, making 7-of-14 shots from beyond the arc. They were just as deadly inside, shooting a combined 46 percent from the field. WBC's defense stifled the Pirates attack, holding them to 19 percent from 3-point range and 39 percent overall.

Williams will jump back on the court on Tuesday, January 15, taking on AMC foe William Wood University in Fulton, Mo. They will return home on Thursday, January 17, to play Hannibal-LaGrange University in Walnut Ridge at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Eagles 76, Park 72

Williams Baptist College hosted the Pirates from Park University on Saturday afternoon, and the Lady Eagles came away with their second straight American Midwest Conference victory, 76-72.

The Lady Eagles took the lead for the first time with 15 minutes remaining in the first half and would not relinquish it for the rest of the game. Williams extended the margin as high as 18 early in the second half, and despite a late charge by the Pirates held on for the four point victory.

Five Williams players finished the contest in double figures. Meagan Goza led the way off the bench with 13 points. Kimberly Wise and Tieara Burks had 12 points each, Sharonda Brabson had 11, and Michaela Thompson had 10. Cheyenne Childers added nine points while gathering seven rebounds.

The Eagles finished 24-of-41 from the field for a 59 percent shooting percentage on the day. They also out rebound the Pirates 36-32.

Park's Brianna Beridon led all scorers with 25 points.

The win increases WBC's record to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the AMC. They will travel to Williams Woods University on Tuesday, January 15. Their next home game will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, against Hannibal-LaGrange University.

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