In a season ending game to decide the Western Conference Championship, the 16th
ranked Muskegon Community College earned that title with a victory over 13th ranked
Ancilla College on the road by an overtime score of 103-102.
Ancilla came out on fire to start the game, shooting 53% from the field in the 1st half.
With about 13 minutes to play, MCC was down by 11 points. The team stayed calm and
weathered the run and at the end of the half Ancilla had a 2 point lead, 45-43.
The Jayhawks turned the tables early in the 2nd half and built a 9 point lead, 60-51, but
then they had a 7 minute stretch where they struggled to score and the Chargers roared
back to take the lead at the 10 minute mark. Ancilla held the lead for most of the rest of
the 2nd half. With 5 minutes to play Ricarri Stimage (Muskegon Heights HS) sparked an
MCC run. After a couple of 3 pointers and a lay up, the Jayhawks held a slim 1 point
lead with 10 seconds to play. MCC was called for a foul, sending Ancilla to the free
throw line with a chance to win it in regulation, but they would only make 1 of 2 free
throws to force the tie and overtime. Stimage continued where he left off, hitting back to
back 3 pointers to start the extra period. The teams traded baskets and with 10 seconds
to play the Jayhawks were again up by 1 point. Ancilla’s shot attempt at the buzzer
missed the mark and there was a scramble for the rebound as time expired to secure
the hard fought victory for the Jayhawks.
“What a game and what an unbelievable win by our guys and for this program,” said
Head Coach Dave Schlump. “Every single person contributed tonight. Everyone. At
times it felt like we were playing this game for everyone who has worn a Jayhawk
uniform in the past. This group is a tough bunch of guys who set their mind to a goal
and made school history in the process. I just cant say it enough how proud I am of this
team. They deserve and have earned being called Champions.” “Ricarri Stimage was
unbelievable tonight,” added Coach Schlump.
Stimage finished the game with 37 points on 10-19 (7-13 from 3 point range) shooting
and 12 assists. Kyle Ervin Jr. (Wylie E. Groves HS) scored 23 before fouling out. Mike
Williams (Godwin Heights HS) scored 18 points and Sergio Diaz (Grand Rapids Union
HS) scored 10 on 50% shooting.
The Jayhawks finish the rugged Western Conference with a 16-2 record and are now
22-5 overall. Next up is a game against the Eastern Conference Champion #10
Schoolcraft College to declare an MCCAA State Champion. Tip off for that game is 3:00
pm in Livonia, MI. They have also earned a bye in the first round of the Region XII
Championship and will play on Thursday, 3/9 at St. Clair County Community College
with a 7:30 pm start.
Featured Image: Riccari Stimage scored a game high 37 points as the men’s Jayhawk basketball team squeaked by Ancilla College 103-102 in overtime to win MCC’s first Western Conference championship in school history. – MLive photo.