Tiger women win at Southwestern

MCC men take first loss 97-84

CRESTON — The Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team earned its first win of the year on Tuesday as it took out Southwestern Community College on the road by double digits, 57-43.

The Tigers (1-1) held a commanding 34-19 lead over the Spartans (2-1) at halftime and, despite only scoring five points in the third quarter, they still led 39-30 heading into the fourth.

An 18-point final frame secured the victory for MCC, though head coach Steve Garber said it wasn’t the team’s offense that cemented their first win.

“Our defense was a very solid unit throughout the game tonight,” Garber said. “Our offense in the first half was the best I’ve seen up to this point in the season. We need to improve on coming out of the locker room and being ready to play in the second half but overall I think the team played well and like always we will get back to work and try to improve for our next game.”

Sophomores Claudia Morente and Loralei Siliga each had 17 points in the win for MCC, with Morente shooting 5-for-7 from the field and going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. She also ended the night with four assists to lead the Tigers.

Siliga, not to be outdone, shot 7-for-10 from the floor, but it was her defensive effort that show brightest, as she recorded two steals and snagged 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the year.

“Loralei had some good opportunities to score tonight and played solid defense throughout the game,” Garber said. “If we can keep her effective on defense like she was tonight we will be successful. Loralei is a physical presence for us in the forward position so her ability to score will benefit us all season long.”

MCC returns to action on Thursday night when it hosts Little Priest Tribal College at 5 p.m. at the Student Activity Center on campus.

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Southwestern 97, MCC 84

CRESTON — The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team lost its first game of the season on Tuesday when it traveled to take on Southwestern Community College.

The Tigers were outscored 55-38 in the first half, and though they made a decent run to within five points in the second, they couldn’t finish it off, losing to the Spartans 97-84.

After winning the first two games of the year, MCC head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson said this loss was a bit of a wake-up call for the team on fixing some issues that hadn’t cost them before Tuesday.

“Tonight showed these guys where they are and how much work there is to do to get where we need to be,” Brynjarsson said. “We have a group of hard working men that won’t take this loss lightly and know that there is work to do to make sure we don’t repeat tonight’s performance.”

Goran Vidovic led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, followed by Juan Coffi with 15 and Mohamed Thiam with 14.

MCC tries to get back to its winning ways on Thursday when it hosts Presentation College, starting at 6 p.m. at the Student Activity Center on the MCC campus.