PLYMOUTH â€“ The Ancilla College menâ€™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.
â€śWe were as efficient tonight offensively as we have been all year,â€ť said Ancilla menâ€™s basketball coach Greg Neeley.Â â€śWe made free throws, didnâ€™t settle for three-point shots, and had more assists than turnovers.â€ť
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.Â Joby Renbarger did an excellent job of setting the tone, grabbing 12 boards for the Chargers.
â€śOur first key to the game was to win the rebounding battle, and our guys did a great job of gang rebounding,â€ť said Neeley.Â â€śThey had 23 offensive rebounds the last time we played them, and tonight they were in single digits.â€ť
The Chargers resume play on Feb. 26 when they travel to Centreville, MI, to play MCCAA Western Conference rivals Glen Oaks Community College.Â A victory would put Ancilla in a four-way tie for the final two playoff spots and would force a tiebreaker between the teams.Â Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.