by Cole Arndorfer / December 7, 2021
The HLGU Men’s Basketball Team played a full set of four games in the last week. The first of which was last Tuesday, November 30.
In a home game against the College of the Ozarks, the Trojans lost by just four points in a tight, fast-paced, exciting game. The Trojans controlled the first half and took a two point lead into halftime. Nine minutes into the second half, the Bobcats took the lead and did not give it back. With just a few seconds to play, HLGU came within two points and quickly intentionally fouled. The Bobcats then would drain two free-throws to seal their win 66-62.
Grant Peters recorded 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks while Roger Guardiola went 3-5 for three finishing with 11 points, four assists, two steals, and one rebound in the loss.
The next matchup came on Thursday, December 2 against Missouri Baptist University. The team traveled St. Louis to take on the Spartans for their first conference matchup of the season. After the first half, Missouri Baptist took a 14-point lead over the Trojans into the half. Unfortunately for HLGU, the hole was just too big to dig themselves out of and they would go on to lose 73-60. After the game, Coach Durst said, “We dug a hole we could not get out of in the first half but shot well in the second half.”
Micheal Hood scored a team leading 21 points, four rebounds, and one assist, Grant Peters also finished a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw stripe and 3-3 from the field, three rebounds, and three assists.
The third matchup was another conference game, this time at home on Saturday, December 4 against Central Baptist College. The Trojans were unable to slow the Mustangs down from the opening tip as they went on a 15-0 run to start the game. Central Baptist held HLGU to just 12 points throughout the first half as they held a 30-12 lead at halftime. A similar story was true in the second half as the Mustangs went on an 11-0 run starting the second half. The Trojans did not shoot the ball well all game and turned the ball over 15 times and lost 61-28. Coach Durst said, “We have to learn from tough losses like today.”
Grant Peters scored 11 points, four rebounds, and one assist. Wyatt Ward came in off the bench to score eight points, two rebounds, and one assist.
The fourth and final matchup was a home non-conference contest on Monday, December 6 against Missouri Valley College. The Trojans hung close in the first half before taking a 13 point deficit into the half. Missouri Valley kept the HLGU offense in check for the second half letting up just 10 points. The final score ended up being 80-46.
Bryce Stark scored 12 points to lead the team in scoring adding five rebounds, two steals, and one assist. Joe McBride scored eight points off the bench and three rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes played.
The Trojans look to bounce back from their recent five game skid as they take on Iowa Wesleyan University Wednesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.