On Tuesday night, the FLBC Conquerors matched up against non-conference opponent Ridgewater College from Wilmar, MN. The Ridgewater Warriors are members of the Minnesota College Athletic College, one of the most competitive and successful Division III NJCAA conferences in the nation. In a great college basketball environment, the Warriors came out very aggressively and jumped out to a significant early lead. The Conquerors struggled to respond and once they did, the differential remained large with the Warriors enjoying a 17-point halftime lead. In the second half, the Warriors continued to pull away, earning the victory over the Conquerors 87-54. The Warriors enjoyed a 51-28 rebounding advantage over the Conquerors, with Sam Olson and Travis Visser scoring 21 and 18 points respectively. Visser also grabbed an amazing 23 rebounds individually in the game. For the Conquerors, Micah Moan (18 points) and Luther Zeltinger (15 points) carried the scoring load. The team shot poorly from the field all night, but especially in the first half. The level of competition was in sharp contrast to the games played the previous weekend, contributing to the difficulty the Conquerors had in adjusting to the intensity and speed of the game. Lessons learned from this one will undoubtedly benefit the Conqueror Men as they look ahead to another pair of games this weekend as they travel to Iowa to play Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque on Friday evening and Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny on Saturday afternoon.
The Conquerors will play at Emmaus Bible College at 6:00PM (women) and 8:00PM (men) in Dubuque, IA on Friday. The rivalry with Emmaus will be renewed as the two teams meet again for the first time in several years. Emmaus is welcoming new coaches to both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and are MCCC and ACCA members. The look to play aggressive defense with smart and efficient offense.
Next, the Conquerors travel to Ankeny, IA to play the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles. The Eagles participate within the MCCC and ACCA as well. Last year, the men’s teams played to a 1-1 split in back to back games in Ankeny. The Eagles return a solid base of players from last year along with an influx of speed and talent with several new players who are expected to contribute right away. On the women’s side, the Lady Eagles will provide a good test with last year’s matchup resulting in two close and well-contested losses for the Lady Conquerors. The Eagles welcome a new women’s coach this year and will be playing their first game of the season.
For the Conquerors, both teams will look to build some early season momentum and consistency. Playing a variety of competition on the road this week should develop team chemistry and experience. A busy month of games in November, most on the road, should be great preparation for the long season ahead. Both teams are learning how to play together and seek to improve with each game. The games can be viewed via livestream at the following links: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCErIhQPDEE6VZ-a6AC1xHYw (Faith Baptist) and https://www.emmausathletics.com/live (Emmaus)