Williams Basketball Sweeps Ecclesia
by Caleb Livingston
The season opened with style Saturday for the men's and women's basketball teams at Williams Baptist College. Both squads opened their season by winning WBC Homecoming-Parents Day games against Ecclesia College.
Lady Eagles Cruise to Opening Victory
The Williams Baptist College women's basketball started the season off in resounding fashion by dominating the Ecclesia Royals on Saturday. The Lady Eagles cruised to an 84-45 victory over the Royals for WBC’s Homecoming.
The Williams women came out on fire, jumping to an early 20 point lead as they cruised to a 46-14 halftime advantage. The Lady Eagles were able to play their entire roster in the second half on their way to a big opening victory.
On the night, 13 of 15 players scored for Williams with Becky Caldwell leading the balanced WBC attack with 12 points. Jessica Shepard, Kim Sutterfield and Kayla Tyus added 11 points apiece while Rachel Looney and Cheyanne Childers chipped in with 10 and 9 respectively.
With the win, WBC moved 1-0 on the season and will take the floor again on Thursday November 4th against Ecclesia in Springdale, Ark. The Lady Eagles’ next home game is Nov. 11, when they host Lyon at 5:30 p.m.
WBC Men Pull Away Late for Homecoming Victory
With a packed house for Homecoming and an optimistic start of a new season, Kyle Harvey could not have picked a better night to have his best career game as a Williams Baptist College Eagle. Harvey helped WBC pull away late for a 79-67 victory over Ecclesia College Saturday to open the season.
Harvey and fellow sophomore Wes Livingston helped WBC race out of the gates to take a 10-0 lead, capped off with an emphatic two handed dunk by Livingston. Ecclesia would fight back the rest of the first half to give themselves a chance in the second period, as the Eagles took a 39-33 halftime lead.
In the second half, Ecclesia put a scare in the Eagles and took a brief 61-60 lead at the 7:02 mark. That's as close as Ecclesia would come the rest of the game, however, as Williams went on a 19-6 run to end the game, with the aid of three Ecclesia technical fouls. Williams showed toughness down the stretch and committed only two turnovers in the second half.
Harvey capped off his night with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds. Livingston chipped in 19 points and six rebounds. Marcus Massey added 10 points, while sophomore point guard Phillip Sykes had a solid night with eight points, seven rebounds and six assists.
WBC returns to action Tuesday night as it travels to Conway, Ark., to take on the Central Baptist College Mustangs. The Eagles’ next home game is Nov. 11, when they host Lyon at 7:30 p.m.
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