Ancilla College claimed both basketball games at Kalamazoo Valley Monday evening with an 80-63 men’s victory and 78-69 women’s win.
The men’s result keeps the Chargers second in the MCCAA Western Conference at 8-2 and drops the Cougars into a three-way tie for fourth at 5-5. The game was tied 20-20 midway through the first half, but Ancilla closed the half on a 19-3 tear.
KVCC would make it back within 11 points with 4:30 remaining in the game, but no closer as Ancilla quickly went back up by 20. Evan Finch led the Cougars in defeat with 13 points and nine rebounds. Isiah James topped the Chargers with 19 points and nine boards. For complete statistics, click here.
Kalamazoo Valley falls to 14-8 in men’s play with the loss and returns home Wednesday against Kellogg, a team part of their tie for fourth. Ancilla (14-4) plays at Jackson Wednesday.
The Cougars had the first five points of the women’s game, but trailed for most of the first half. The deficit grew to 12 points, but Kalamazoo Valley got back within three with a 35-32 halftime score.
The second half would go back and forth with 12 lead changes and neither team up by more than a bucket. Ancilla finally took control in the final two minutes, closing the game with a 10-4 run.
Talia Bee had a huge game with 36 points for the Chargers. Jalea Meister scored 21 with an 11-13 mark at the free throw line. Kalamazoo Valley had 16 points from Mikenzie Chambers and 12 apiece by Layna Steele and Lauren Tuin. Full game statistics are unavailable.
The loss drops Kalamazoo Valley to 7-14 overall and 1-9 in conference play ahead of Wednesday’s game with Kellogg. Ancilla moves to 11-8 and 5-5 in league play with a trip to Jackson Wednesday.