Even though the Missouri Military Academy varsity boys basketball team doen't play its second game until Dec. 4 at home against Owensville, on Friday the squad began 2017-18 by hosting Silex.

Because of that two week gap between contests, head coach Kevin Bissmeyer wasn't expecting the Fighting Colonels to play flawlessly. He was looking to see his team do whatever it took to start the season on a positive note, though, and that's exactly what they did, getting the better of the Owls, 37-30.

"This was a difficult game offensively. They played an aggressive man to man defense that gave our guards a little trouble," said Bissmeyer. "Once we calmed down and took our time to work for easy shots we were able to secure a lead and rely on our defense to do the rest."

Despite getting down early in this contest, MMA claimed the lead in the middle of the first quarter and then never trailed again. This included leading by as much as 11 based on the efforts of Omena Oberuvwu and Pedro DaRocha, who scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore transfer Bruno Pozzani also played well off the bench to score seven with two rebounds and a steal, Gabriel Penha had a fou-point performance and Jordan Homick scored three in his varsity debut.

"The defense was the most impressive part of this game for the Colonels who collected four steals and six blocks while holding Silex to just 12-for-44 shooting," Bissmeyer said.

MMA is 1-0 overall and is in Columbia for a game at Battle on Dec. 5.