PLYMOUTH – The Ancilla College men’s basketball opened up an early lead and never looked back, defeating Muskegon Community College 85-72 on Wednesday at the LifePlex.
Antonio Cannon led Ancilla (6-17, 5-10 MCCAA Western) with 26 points to move Ancilla just a half game out of the seventh and final playoff spot with one game left to play.
Muskegon (12-17, 6-10 MCCAA Western) was led by Ricarri Stimage with 23 points.
“We were as efficient tonight offensively as we have been all year,” said Ancilla men’s basketball coach Greg Neeley. “We made free throws, didn’t settle for three-point shots, and had more assists than turnovers.”
Michael Hornback added 23 points for Ancilla while Ellis Cole chipped in with 10.
Ancilla did a great deal of their damage on the boards, holding a 50-33 advantage in rebounding over Muskegon. Joby Renbarger did an excellent job of setting the tone, grabbing 12 boards for the Chargers.
“Our first key to the game was to win the rebounding battle, and our guys did a great job of gang rebounding,” said Neeley. “They had 23 offensive rebounds the last time we played them, and tonight they were in single digits.”
The Chargers resume play on Feb. 26 when they travel to Centreville, MI, to play MCCAA Western Conference rivals Glen Oaks Community College. A victory would put Ancilla in a four-way tie for the final two playoff spots and would force a tiebreaker between the teams. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.