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Men’s basketball gains two wins at home

With two weekend victories over Central Christian College and Haskell Indian Nations, the Waldorf Warrior men’s basketball team improved their conference record to 6-2, which puts them in third place in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC).

Devin Graham floats one over the defense (in purple)

On Friday night, the Warriors came in to the contest with a tough test against a CCC team that came in with a 13-3 record. The game was back-and-forth. The Tigers led 22-15 with under 10 minutes to play before the half, but the Warriors responded with a run of their own, as they outscored the Tigers 19-12 in that span to grab the 34-32 lead at the break.

Mitch Barrett-Burrell had 7 points and 6 rebounds in the first half and freshman Aaron Carpenter had 9 first half points, helping the Warriors who had some first half foul trouble.

Barrett-Burrell and Carpenter continued to lead the charge for the Warriors in the second half, including Barrett-Burrell tossing an outlet pass to Carpenter, whose thunderous two-handed slam dunk in transition gave the Warriors a 5 point lead with 10 minutes left. The Warriors continued to dominant the Tigers, as they pushed the lead out to 15 and that was the final margin as they cam away with a 75-60 victory. Barrett-Burrell had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Erik Brewer led the Warriors with 17 points including three three-pointers, and Carpenter finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.

In the Saturday evening contest, the Warriors played host to Haskell Indian Nations, and post player Jordan Nelson led the charge for Waldorf. Four early points and 12 total points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks helped the Warriors earn their sixth conference win of the season. The Warriors expanded their 31-25 halftime lead in the second, as timely made shots and clutch free throw shooting saw Waldorf balloon their lead out to a final margin of 65-53.

Erik Brewer led the charge with 16 points including four three-pointers, and Teddy Gibson added 13 points and 4 assists. The Warriors improved to 6-2 in MCAC play and are third in the conference behind York and Oklahoma Wesleyan. They will face-off with York College and Bellevue University next weekend in Nebraska.