It's hard to stop a player who hits 14-of-24 field goals and scores 34 with four rebounds, three steals and one assist, but that's exactly what Gabriel Penha did on Monday at Prairie Home for the Missouri Military Academy varsity basketball team.
The problem the Fighting Colonels had was that they got outscored 14-13 in the first quarter and 14-10 in the second to head into halftime down 28-23. That's what made the 18 points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist from Owena Oberuvwu so important because it helped MMA post scoring advantages of 22-15 in the third and 20-19 in the fourth to just barely beat Prairie Home 65-62.
"Gabriel Penha is an absolute beast. The kid comes to play every single night, and is one of the best young players in the area," said coach Kevin Bissmeyer. "He is great on both offense and defense and helps to set the tone for our team."
As for the other Fighting Colonels who found a way to make their mark in this contest, scoring eight with two rebounds, two assists and a steal was Bruno Pozzani, Nyamku Chingun put up three points, two steals and one board and Pedro DaRocha was good for two points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Jordan Hornick also threw dwon a rebound and a steal, Victor Leon blocked four shots with three boards and Donald Williams added a rebound.
"We had a rough game again tonight. We are still really struggling to get our offense going," Bissmeyer said. "Luckily our defense has been great so far this season and we are making things really difficult on opponents. However, we are committing far too many turnovers which is the reason we have been allowing high point totals and not scoring very much in return. If we can work to limit our turnovers and play patient offense, the potential is there to have a great season."
The Colonels were at Jamestown on Wednesday and travel to Kingsville on Dec. 19.