Bears Mop Up JV Competition

The DMACC men’s basketball team defeated Graceland JV Tuesday night by a score of 93-46. The Bears are now 3-0 and averaging 97 points per game while holding opponents to an average of 55 points each game.

Buchanan beats a defender for two fastbreak points

The Bears were led in scoring by freshman Tray Buchanan with 24 points on 60 percent shooting from the field including 4-6 from deep.

“My teammates did a good job of noticing me with the hot hand, feeding me the ball . . . and we got a solid win.”

Buchanan had only shot 27.3 percent from 3 through the first two games, struggling to find a rhythm before Tuesday night’s game in his first year of DMACC athletics.

“Missing and making shots is just part of the game, I know what I’m capable of, [teammates] know what I’m capable of, they encourage me to stay aggressive.” Buchanan also tallied 4 steals and 3 assists, as his hot shooting hand seeped into other parts of the game.

Other Bears contributing to the win were sophomore DeShawn Davidson (17pts, 4reb, 3ast), sophomore Dyllan Robinson (12pts, 6reb, 1blk), sophomore Ray Miller (10pts, 5reb, 2ast, 2 blk), sophomore Zaire Swaby (4pts, 7reb), sophomore Devonta Davis (4pts, 4reb, 3ast, 2stl), freshman Rashon Ivory (5pts, 3ast, 3stl), and freshman Zach Lester (9pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl). Sophomore Andrew Madison led the Bears with 11 rebounds.

Davidson rises for an uncontested dunk

DMACC travels to the Reiver Classic hosted by Iowa Western in Council Bluffs on Friday. They will play Iowa Western Friday at 7 p.m. and Cloud County, Kan. Saturday at 3 p.m.

Buchanan spoke on moving from playing JV squads to more equal competition; “That’s really what we’ve been waiting on, I know [the team] will come out aggressive . . . we want to be 5-0 at the end of the weekend.” The Bears next home game will be when they host the Baymont Inn & Suites Classic in Boone on November 16 and 17.

Those two weekend invitationals bookend a trip to #7 Highland, Kan. on Nov. 13. Buchanan said about the matchup against a ranked team compared to DMACC’s lack of ranking “We don’t really get into [rankings], because at the end of the day it’s just a number. We [want to] play our best game night-in, night-out, and if we do that, the rankings and [recognition] will come.”

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