Fighting Bees competing hard in MCC play

Justin Blondell prepares to shoot as he warms up for the game. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
Justin Blondell prepares to shoot as he warms up for the game. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
A tough week of two road games resulted in a win in Des Moines and a loss against the number two ranked team in the country for the Fighting Bees.

The week started in Des Moines for St. Ambrose as they traveled to face the winless AIB Eagles (0-23) (0-7).

Four Fighting Bees dominated the game and combined for 80 of the 88 points that night.

They were led by Nick Frazier with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Right behind him was Darren Galloway who scored 20 points and six rebounds coming off the bench.

Sam Ainsworth also came off the bench with 20 points and had four rebounds in 21 minutes. Justin Blondell followed with 19 points and five rebounds.

After SAU built a nine point lead in the first four minutes of play, AIB came back to tie the game just four minutes later. Both teams started to trade baskets back and forth as AIB took a 35-34 lead into the locker room.

Out of the half, AIB would slowly build a six point lead with 5:30 to play. However, St. Ambrose would start to chip away and would go down 83-81 with 1:04 to play off of Sam Ainsworth’s layup.

The next possession with the Eagles would result in a missed jumper by Brandon Eley, giving the Fighting Bees a chance to take the lead.

Blondell would hit a three pointer with 34 seconds remaining to give the Fighting Bees the lead for the first time since 8:45 to play in the second half.

The next possession for the Eagles would result in another missed shot and they fouled Blondell who hit two free throws and sealed the victory late as the Fighting Bees won 88-84.

On Saturday the Fighting Bees traveled to Oskaloosa to take on the Statesmen who came into the game ranked second in the nation in the latest coaches poll.

The Fighting Bees played tough all afternoon long but were unable to out-shoot the Statesmen. Frazier led the Fighting Bees again with 25 points and Blondell added 18 points and five rebounds.

However, the first half was dominated by the Statesmen as they took a commanding 52-28 lead into halftime.

Out of the half William Penn would build a 30 point lead but St. Ambrose would fight back into the ball game and trail by 10 with 1:36 to play.

Unfortunately, the Fighting Bees were unable to get over the hump and get the game any closer in the final minutes and lost 113-103. Ainsworth added double digits points with 13 and also recorded 12 rebounds in the defeat.

The loss drops the Fighting Bees to 7-14 on the year and to fifth in the MCC at 2-5.

They will host the Grand View Vikings, also 2-5, Saturday afternoon at Lee Lohman Arena.


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