JOPLIN, MISSOURI – The second day of the ACCA National tournament began with Multnomah playing their opening round game against Emmaus College in the morning. MU started out hot and finished hot as the Lions set a school record by hitting 35 three pointers in the 127-72 win. It was the 6th win in a row for MU.
Reserve Matt Johnson led the way for the Lions by hitting on 9 of 16 treys as the MU bench connected on 19 three pointers from downtown. Davey Walker hit 7 three pointers and scored 23 points. The Lions went 35 for 82 from behind the arc for the game. Nine different MU players had at least one three pointer in the game. Steve Bustrin became the all-time MU assist leader in the game, taking over the 252 assists by Henry Barrera.
SCORING: Walker – 23, Johnson – 30, Mendoza – 11, S. Coleman – 13, Bustrin – 3, Hodges – 15, Aguilar – 3, Sansone – 17, J. Coleman – 3, Paris – 9
Multnomah took on Rhema Bible College in the second round of the ACCA tournament on Thursday night, with the winner going to the semi-finals on Friday. The MU 6 game winning streak came to an end as the Lions ran into a very athletic Rhema team that took it to the hole and finished better than any team the Lions have faced all year. It was a track meet in the first half as the Lions went into the locker room down 59-55.
In the second half, MU could not force the turnovers needed and with no shot blocker in the back on a night when no charges were called against either team, the Lions were defenseless if they did not get a steal. MU closed a 21 point deficit to 7 at one point, but could not get any closer as Rhema won by a score of 131-115.
Austin Hodges led the Lions with 25 points and Stevie Sansone added 23. The Lions were 18-50 from behind the arc, but it wasn’t enough. The 6 game win streak was the longest streak in 10 years at MU, but is over now. MU will look to get back on track with their next game tomorrow at 12:30 against Champion Baptist.
SCORING: Walker – 20, Mendoza – 13, S. Coleman – 2, Johnson – 3, Kamlade – 6, Bustrin – 13, Hodges – 25, Sansone – 23, J. Coleman – 7, Paris – 3