The men’s basketball team played a home game against Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) on Saturday, Feb. 15 but the Gorillas lost the game (60-95).
Head Coach Kim Anderson hopes the team is able to comeback from this loss.
“So, I thought we really struggled,” Anderson said. “I thought Northwest came out and played extremely well. They shot the ball unbelievable and our defense just couldn’t catch up with them. Offensively, we didn’t shoot the ball very well and struggled, especially early on. So, playing the number one team in the country you certainly have to play better than what we played. So, hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back because we play them again this Saturday at Maryville.”
Anderson saw some things during the game that the teams needs to improve both offensively and defensively.
“… I think we need to work on our defense, and we need to do a better job of controlling triple penetration,” Anderson said. “Then, offensively, obviously we got to work harder to get better shots and then we gotta make those shots. I think it’s pretty simple. We had some good shots (and) we didn’t make them. Some nights you have games like that so hopefully we can bounce back…”
During the game against NWMSU, senior Jah-Kobe Womack made five field goals, junior Xavier Womack and senior A.J. Walker each made four and junior Antonio Givens made three. Jah-Kobe made two three-point field goals and sophomore Ray Elliot made one. Xavier made six free throws, Jah-Kobe made four and Walker and Givens each made two. Xavier made a total of nine rebounds, Elliot made four, Jah-Kobe made three and Walker made two.
“Jah-Kobe Womack I thought was pretty steady,” Anderson said. “He had 16 points and his brother Xavier has continued to get better and better every game. He had 14 points and nine rebounds… Even though we didn’t win, and we didn’t play real well, I thought those two guys did a pretty good job of executing on offense and being able to make some shots.”
Anderson hopes to see improvement before the next game.
“(I hope to see) improved defense,” Anderson said. “I think that we need to do a better job of guarding the ball, triple penetration, we’ve really struggled with that lately. Then, I think offensively, it comes down to making shots and in order to do that I think we probably have to work a little harder and execute a little better. Hopefully, if we do that we’ll play better.”
The Gorilla’s next game is against Northwest Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Maryville.