Bears Improve Win Streak to Four

The Bears were coming off two very important Midwest Christian College Conference road wins when St. Louis Christian College (Florissant, Mo.) and Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, Mo.) visited Haviland this last weekend. Both games were extremely important as the Bears continue to jockey for seeding in the quickly approaching MCCC Tournament.

Friday night the Bears faced off with the Soldiers of St. Louis. They wasted no time jumping out to an early lead and coasting into the locker room with a 48-25 halftime lead thanks to 60 percent shooting from the field. The second half was much of the same as the Bears won even though they missed the century mark by just one, 99-57. The Bears had five of their nine players in double digit scoring while sophomore Cole Hibler (Ponca City, Okla.) posted his first collegiate double-double (11 points and 10 assists).

CCCB was looking for an upset of the Bears on Saturday afternoon. They kept things close through most of the first half by holding the Bears to 13-34 shooting. However, the Bears were able to make a little run in the closing minutes of the first half to push their lead to 35-21 at the halfway point. In the second half, the Saints extremely thin bench came into play as the Bears ratcheted up the pressure and cruised to a 81-41 win. The Bears committed just five turnovers on the afternoon while showcasing a stifling defense. The Saints shot just 23 percent from the field and were forced into 19 turnovers.

The Bears improved to 8-10 overall, and 5-1 in MCCC play with three regular season conference games left. They next travel to NAIA Division II Southwestern College (Winfield, Kan.) on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start.