The Coffeyville Red Ravens split its two games over the weekend, defeating NEO A&M 86-70 but losing to Eastern Oklahoma State 109-103.
Friday's win didn't come easy. Coffeyville and NEO both came ready to play, and the scoreline reflected that at halftime with the two teams tied at 40. However, Coffeyville would use strong play from its guards to pull away, with the Norsemen unable to keep up. Leading scorer Love Bettis picked up 22, while TJ Fritz came off the bench for 14 points and 4 three-pointers. NEO point guard Brian Moore led all scorers in the contest with 33, including 19 in the first half. Independence transfer Johnathon Mogbo gathered 15 points for the Norsemen.
Saturday's game was perhaps one to forget for Coffeyville. The Ravens, who have been plagued by injury early in the season, fell behind early. The team gave into the Mountaineer pressure, giving up possession frequently and allowing for easy buckets both inside and out. After trailing by 16 at the half, Coffeyville saw that deficit increase to as much as 23 before starting its comeback effort. A slow and steady pace would benefit the Ravens, but despite pulling back to within 5, there just wasn't enough time on the clock for the final push. Bettis scored 27 in defeat, with Deng Mayar joining him in double digits with 18. Four Mountaineers scored above 20 points in their triple-digit performance.
The women also played over the weekend in Independence, winning both over Sterling JV and a ranked Eastern Oklahoma State. The two teams will reconvene once again for a men and women doubleheader next Tuesday in Miami, Oklahoma. They'll get set for another matchup with NEO. Pregame for the women's game will start at 5:00 on US98.1, KUSN.