The Columbia College men’s basketball team added to its win streak Thursday night, pulling away in the second half to post a 87-75 victory against Missouri Baptist for its fourth straight victory overall and third consecutive in conference.
The Cougars started the season 2-5, but coach Bob Burchard credits lineup changes with helping to turn the season around.
“We’ve added Bryant Chambly in the post and Louis McCrary at guard,” said Burchard.
Chambly is a fiery post player from Columbia who played last year and has slowly whittled down his eligibility. Chambly transferred from MU his junior year after trying to walk on with the Tigers.
“I tried to walk on, but things didn’t work out. I went to Columbia College with three semesters left so it was nice to play a conference game,” he said.
Chambly also started in his first home game at Columbia College on Thursday and his nerves showed in his play. Chambly started the game against Missouri Baptist slowly, only scoring two points in the first half.
“I’m just glad it’s over — it felt good to get out the anxiety,” he said. “I was rushing. I wasn’t getting any calls. I let them get into my head.”
Chambly however, was not shy around the basket and was not afraid of bulldozing his way to the hole, which earned him two charging calls against him in the first half.
“I don’t mind going down there and banging. That’s why we’re in the weight room everyday,” he said of his physical play.
Chambly finished the game against with 15 points, many of which came from his mid–range shooting.
The standout performer Thursday night was the other new Cougar, Allen County Community College (Kansas) transfer Louis McCrary. McCrary led the team with 25 points, many of which came off of a deadly barrage of transition3-pointers which McCrary continually unleashed on Missouri Baptist.
He also used his passing ability to set up his teammates for numerous fast break points. McCrary said that he was able to mesh with his new teammates
“It comes from being a ballplayer — a true player can adapt to anything,” he said.
McCrary said he was motivated by the situation, which led to his big game.
“We’re 2-0 (in conference) and the McKendree game was a big game for us, but they had Missouri Baptist ranked ahead of us. We protect our home court,” McCrary said.
McCrary hopes he and Chambly will fit in,
“We really didn’t change that much. They were good before, but we were the missing screws.
“We brought a whole ‘nother level of intensity. Louis is really fast and as you saw tonight he can shoot. And I’m a post player who can step out. We brought the offense up another level,” Chambly said of the pair’s contributions.