WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The Cowley College men’s basketball team went 2-0 at the weekend Mega Motorsports Grizzly Classic at the West Plains Civic Center.

The Tigers defeated host Missouri State-West Plains 122-116 on Friday before topping Three Rivers 102-97 on Saturday, wrapping up an 8-2 nonconference schedule.

“We saw a lot of different things in the nonconference that we hope will help us get off to a strong start in conference play,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said.

Cowley trailed West Plains by as many as 14 points in the first half before a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer by freshman Martaveon Jones cut the deficit to six, 57-51.

The Tigers outscores West Plains 71-59 in the second half.

“We made some changes at halftime and played some really good basketball in the second half,” DeSalme said.

West Plains shot 62 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the foul line, but the difference in the game came from 3-point range, where Cowley outscored the Grizzlies by 30 points. The Tigers went 16 of 45 from long range, while West Plains made only 6 of 19.

Cowley also outrebounded the Grizzlies by 20, 49-29, and forced them into 25 turnovers.

Jones came off the bench to pour in a season-high 25 points and led seven players in double figures for the Tigers.

Quentin Jones led all scorers with 31 points for the Grizzlies (4-7) before fouling out.

Missouri State West Plains came back to defeat Neosho County on Saturday.

Cowley freshman Dalen Ridgnal led six players in double figures Saturday with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jones added 15 points and four assists.

“Dalen and Martaveon took huge steps in becoming the type of players we hope they can become,” DeSalme said.

Cowley led 51-47 after the first half and neither team led by more than seven points in the second half.

“Three Rivers is a really good basketball team,” DeSalme said. “They did a good job of slowing us down early in the second half before we were able to get our energy back. We stepped up and hit some big shots in that second half.”

After finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win against West Plains, sophomore Deng Bol finished with 10 points and nine rebounds against Three Rivers.

“Deng was spectacular with his leadership and toughness on the weekend,” DeSalme said.

Hayden Sprenkel went 7 of 13 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 25 points for the Raiders (5-4).

The Tigers, who is averaging 110.7 points per game, begin conference play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Northwest Kansas Tech (2-5).

“We have got to protect our home court and get off to a good start in the conference,” DeSalme said. “We hope to have the students stick around and have a good crowd on Tuesday.”

 

Friday

Cowley 122, Missouri State-West Plains 116

COWLEY (7-2)

Mike’l Henderson 4-10 1-1 11, Deng Bol 7-9 1-2 18, Cevin Clark 6-17 1-2 17, Will Mangum 1-1 0-0 2, Julius Nwosu 3-11 3-4 9, Martaveon Jones 7-13 8-9 25, Moses Nuangki 0-1 0-0 0, Moun’tae Edmundson 1-2 0-0 3, Shemarri Allen 6-11 0-0 14, Dalen Ridgnal 5-10 0-0 11, Malik Coats 0-0 0-0 0, Jacquez Yow 5-10 2-2 12, Biar Garang 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-96 16-20 122.

MISSOURI STATE WEST PLAINS (4-7)

Sardaar Calhoun 9-15 5-5 26, Quentin Jones 9-14 11-13 31, D’Andre Vilmar 3-4 0-0 6, Alex Peterson 4-7 0-0 8, Taevon Horton 6-13 0-0 12, Nico Hill 3-4 0-0 7, Malik Tidwell 0-1 0-0 0, Franklyn Petion 5-7 5-5 15, Alex Rodrigues 2-2 0-0 4, Zavien Smith 3-4 1-2 7. Totals 44-71 22-25 116.

 

Halftime: MSWP 57-51. 3-Point goals: Cowley 16-45 (Clark 4-11, Bol 3-4, Jones 3-7, Henderson 2-7, Allen 2-5, Ridgnal 1-5, Edmundson 1-2, Nwosu 0-2, Yow 0-1, Nuangki 0-1); MSWP 6-19 (Calhoun 3-9, Jones 2-3, Hill 1-2, Horton 0-4, Petion 0-1). Rebounds: Cowley 49 (Yow 7); MSWP 29 (Peterson 9). Assists: Cowley 25 (Henderson 5, Bol 5); MSWP 12 (Calhoun 3). Turnovers: Cowley 19, MSWP 25. Fouled out: Jones. Total fouls: Cowley 25, MSWP 17.

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Saturday

Cowley 102, Three Rivers 97

COWLEY (8-2)

Henderson 5-13 1-2 15, Bol 4-9 2-3 10, Clark 4-13 0-0 10, Mangum 3-6 0-0 8, Nwosu 4-8 3-4 12, Jones 4-12 5-6 15, Nuangki 0-0 0-0 0, Edmundson 1-2 0-0 2, Allen 3-6 0-0 8, Ridgnal 7-14 0-0 16, Coats 0-0 0-0 0, Yow 3-5 0-1 6, Garang 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 11-16 102.

THREE RIVERS (5-4)

Hayden Sprenkel 8-14 2-2 25, Dominique Hardimon 4-8 0-2 8, Kinyon Hodges 0-4 0-0 0, Brahm Harris 7-12 1-2 16, Lydell Geffrard 2-7 4-6 8, Dionte Raines 0-3 3-4 3, Jacob Shoemaker 0-0 0-0 0, Tallon Fonda 6-14 5-6 19, Willie Lucas 4-7 0-0 11, Austin Parker 2-4 0-0 4, Jay Hines 0-1 3-5 3. Totals: 33-74 18-27 97.

 

Halftime: Cowley 51-47. 3-Point goals: Cowley 15-41 (Henderson 4-9, Clark 2-8, Jones 2-6, Ridgnal 2-6, Allen 2-4, Mangum 2-5, Nwosu 1-1, Bol 0-1, Edmundson 0-1); Three Rivers 13-33 (Sprenkel 7-13, Lucas 3-5, Fonda 2-6, Harris 1-5, Hodges 0-1, Raines 0-1, Parker 0-1). Rebounds: Cowley 56 (Ridgnal 11); Three Rivers 53 (Geffrard 14). Assists: Cowley 21 (Allen 5); Three Rivers 18 (Harris 5). Turnovers: Cowley 16, Three Rivers 25. Fouled out: Fonda. Total fouls: Cowley 20, Three Rivers 16.

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