LANSING, Mich. – Maranatha won its second game in a row against Great Lakes Christian College on the efforts of sophomore guard Andrew McKinney (St. Charles, Iowa) and senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.).
The game needed an extra period, and almost a second, when both teams remained tied at 73-73 with seven seconds left in the first overtime.
That’s when McKinney took matters into his own hand, stealing the ball and sending it up court to sophomore guard Tanner Moses (Lodi, Wis.), whose pass connected with Borchardt for the go-ahead layup plus a foul.
Borchardt missed the free throw, but the 75-73 lead held when freshman forward Matt Rueb (Chesapeake, Va.) blocked Great Lakes’ last shot attempt.
The defense held Great Lakes in check as junior forward Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) was assigned to Great Lakes’ top player most of the game while Rueb, and reserves Zach Janes (Kiowa, Colo.) and Jackson Miller (Marinette, Wis.) also chipped in on defense and offense.
“I liked our discipline and focus, especially coming into our second game in 24 hours, for our guys to step in and play the way they did was huge. It was very rewarding to see our guys continue to grow and be more assertive on offense as well,” stated head coach Keith Salscheider.
With the win, Maranatha ends the tournament on a high note after missing three starters due to injury and hopes to carry that momentum into a 7:00 p.m. match against Edgewood College on Thursday, December 6.