FLBC Men vs. TMCC (Friday, January 31, 2020)
After trailing by as much as twelve points in the first half, the Conquerors came back to win a 83-80 thriller over the host Mighty Mikinocks from TMCC in Belcourt, ND. Both teams started a little slow before TMCC got hot from the outside to take an early lead which remained at 8 at the half. However, in the second half, Micah Moan took over, scoring 24 points from both the inside and the outside. He was 6 for 9 from 3-point range for the game on his way to a 35-point effort. Mikah Olson scored 15, Weston Napier 12, Luther Zeltinger 11, and Phil Berge 8. With the Conquerors trailing by 1 late in the game, clutch free throws from Mikah Olson and Micah Moan sealed the 3-point victory. Both teams will play the rematch tomorrow afternoon.
FLBC Men vs. TMCC (Saturday, February 1, 2020)
Playing for the second time in less than 24 hours, the Conquerors jumped out in front to lead by as much as 9 points early. However, TMCC became the aggressors for the remainder of the half, closing the deficit to take a 2-point lead on a deep, step-back 3 from Hunter Gladue at the buzzer. TMCC continued their aggressive and balanced scoring into the second half, steadily increasing their lead to as much as 15 with under 10 minutes to play. After looking flat for most of the second half, the Conquerors caught a spark by increasing the tempo to close on the Mighty Mikinocks lead. They were led by 6 for 6 shooting from behind the arc by Phil Berge, who finished a huge night which included 8 rebounds, solid defense, and 24 points on 8 for 11 shooting. Micah Moan had another great game, scoring 27 points of his own on 11 for 17 shooting. He also had 7 rebounds and went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line, including a pair of 1 and 1 free throws at the end of the game to secure the 3 point victory. Amazingly, the 83-80 final in favor of the Conquerors was identical to the score from the previous night. The Conquerors showed some toughness and heart in coming from behind for the second game in a row. They swept the weekend double-header on the road, pushing their conference record to 7-5 and closing the gap between them and TMCC for third place in the NIAC.
FLBC Women vs. TMCC (Friday, January 31, 2020)
The Lady Conquerors lost 54-96 to the host Mighty Mikinocks from TMCC on Friday evening. Though they played TMCC tough for the first half, excellent outside shooting and pesky, on-ball pressure from the hosts proved to be too much for the Conquerors to overcome. TMCC pulled away steadily in the second half to secure the win. The victory pushes the Mighty Mikinocks to a 5-2 record, good for 4th place in the NIAC standings. With the loss, the Lady Conquerors record drops to 3-8, good for 8th place in the conference.
FLBC Women vs. TMCC (Saturday, February 1, 2020)
In the second game of the weekend between the two teams, the Mighty Mikinocks again started with red-hot shooting from the outside to jump out to a quick lead. However, a steadily improving and aggressive defense started to wear down the TMCC offense, keeping the Conquerors in the game, especially in the second half. Despite a 22-point half-time deficit, FLBC played TMCC even in the second half to lose by a final score of 63-85. In addition to an inspired defensive effort, the Conquerors outrebounded the host by a 37-27 margin. Offensively, Madison Trussoni led all scorers with 24 for the game with Hannah Boyer chipping in 12 points of her own. TMCC displayed balanced scoring with 5 individuals in double-digits, including 11 for 15 shooting as a team from outside the arc in the first half. The Lady Conquerors showed a competitive spirit in game two, despite a disheartening effort in game one. They improved as a team on Saturday and will look ahead to their next game against Maranatha Baptist University next Saturday in Watertown, WI.