Tigers rebound to take third place in Illinois

FREEPORT, Ill. — Marshalltown Community College bounced back from Friday’s sluggish loss to win back-to-back games Saturday to finish third at the 48th annual William R. Bear Classic — hosted by Highland Community College.

The Tigers (11-4) bested Bryant & Stratton College on Saturday morning before forcing Iowa Central Community College to bow out in a 91-74 win Saturday night.

Mohamed Thiam led MCC in scoring with a career-high 25 points against the Bobcats (6-7), while Brandon Simmons had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jamir Coleman canned 14 more points off the bench and Marshalltown High School graduate Aaron Hauser added 10 more points for the Tigers.

MCC shot 49.2 percent from the field against the Bobcats, and held Bryant & Stratton to 39.4 percent from the floor.

Thiam went on to post a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and bench player Floyd Preito led the Tigers against Iowa Central CC with a career-high 21 points while making 3-of-7 3-pointers.

The Tigers led 46-39 at halftime and continued pushing the pace, to earn a 76-56 win against the Tritons (6-8). MCC had its best shooting night of the weekend with a 52.2 percent clip from the floor, and out-rebounded the Tritons 41-38.

The third-place honor comes on the following night the Tigers started off slow against Don Bosco prep. MCC was down 41-28 at halftime, before coming back to lose 76-71. The largest stat in the initial loss was MCC turning the ball over 18 times.

MCC is at Iowa Lakes Community College, tipping off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday