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Bulldogs Undefeated in Mac Classic

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McPherson, Kan. – The McPherson College men’s basketball team beat the Barclay Bears 93-70 Friday night. The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season.

Lual Magot (Sr. Tucson, AZ) and Kemryn Jenkins (Jr. Eminence, KY) combined for the first 11 points of the game for the Bulldogs. Both teams shot well initially. The score was 11-10 in favor of the Bulldogs with 13 minutes left in the first half before the ‘Dogs went on an 18-5 run to bring the score to 29-15.

The scoring was led mostly by the bench mob duo of Josh Rivers (So. Midwest City, OK) and Grant Munsen (Sr. Manhattan, KS). Starting point guard Dorian Paige (Sr. Tucson, AZ) added a velvety three-point basket to push the lead to 17. The Bears shooters were cold from the field for the majority of the first half. However, late in the half, they were able to regroup and string together some consecutive buckets. The Bulldogs led by 15 at halftime, 46-31. They shot 45.9% from the field and hit 6 threes.

The Bulldogs opened the second half on an 11 to 1 run. Jenkins and Travon Shelvin (So. Pearland, Texas) rained down a barrage of threes. The Bulldogs pulled ahead early in the second half and the Bears never threatened the lead.

“I was happy with our effort tonight” said Bulldog head coach TJ Eskildsen. “We need to get better and put a full 40 minutes together, but we are showing flashes of the potential we have as a team. If we keep playing with the same effort and energy I think we will keep taking steps in the right direction.”

Notes: Magot pulled down 11 rebounds tonight, tallied 14 efficient points on five of seven shooting, and played tenacious defense. Munsen brought instant-energy off the bench and had two rim-rattling dunks. Jenkins finished with 21 points to lead the team. Fred Watts (Jr. Channelview, Texas) was also extremely active; collecting 12 points and 9 rebounds in the game, and Paige led the team with six assits. The Bulldogs had 19 turnovers a number Coach Eskildsen will surely want to see come down.

MAC (93) – Jenkins (21), Magot (14), Shelvin (14), Watts (12), Hightower (7), Paige (7), Rivers (5), Munsen (4), Bruncevic (3), Aguillard (3), Calleros (2), McCrary (1).

The McPherson Bulldogs Men’s basketball team defeated the Bacone Warriors 91-72 Saturday night. It was the Bulldogs third win, and third blowout, in a row.

The Bulldogs aggressively attacked the rim early but came up mostly empty. Delvon Hightower (Sr. Bakersfield, Calif.) and Kemryn Jenkins (Jr. Eminence, Ky.) led the Bulldogs through their early struggles.

Jenkins was on fire early canning three threes in the first ten minutes of the game. The Bulldogs dominated defensively, the Warriors could barely score. The fullcourt pressure that the Bulldogs execute unnerves other teams. Lual Magot (Sr. Tucson, Ariz.) was extremely active in the first half on the boards including one monster putback; he’d finish with 11 points and 11 rebounds, his third straight double-double. The score at the half was 48-26 but that actually understates how dominant this Bulldog team was. The score could’ve easily been 70-26.

The second half was all about Dorian Paige (Sr. Tucson, Ariz) and Travon Shelvin (So. Pearland, Texas). Paige was all over the floor rebounding, assisting, and getting his own shot. He’d finish with eight points, four rebounds, and seven assists, a complete game. Travon Shelvin was the fire-man from deep tonight knocking down four and hitting a bevy of layups. Grant Munsen doesn’t always stuff the stat sheet, but his impact was felt tonight. He saved a caroming ball from off the rim, threw it behind his back, it somehow found Hightower who then threw a crisp crosscourt pass to Shelvin who knocked down a three. That three doesn’t happen without the hustle Munsen exhibited. The Bulldogs let up defensively somewhat in the second half, but their offense carried the day.

This was a true team effort the Bulldogs had six players score in double digits. Coach Eskildsen noted this and more after the game, “I thought that we put together a great first half on the defensive end. Again our energy was very good. On the offensive end I felt like we did a good job of sharing the ball. Our ability to have multiple guys score in double figures is something that we need to continue to have.”

The Bulldogs next play Central Christian at the Roundhouse in the Mayor’s Cup next Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Mac (91) – Shelvin (19), Jenkins (16), Hightower (13), Magot (11), Watts (10), Rivers (10), Paige (8), McCrary (4).

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