Kantin, seniors to be honored Saturday

Senior forward Fatai HalaApiApi

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Senior forward Fatai Hala’Api’Api

Tomorrow, Missouri Southern basketball will be celebrating senior night. For seniors Robin Kantin, Tynesha Pierce, Fatai Hala’Api’Api, Ela Zawadka, Tyler Ryerson, TJ Britton, Joey Savage, and Octavius Hawkins it will be their last game in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center unless they get to host a national playoff game.

For senior night, the Lions will take on the Northwest Bearcats. The Lady Bearcats are led by forward Mandi Schumacher. Schumacher leads the team in both scoring (15.8 ppg.) and rebounding (7.1 rpg.). In the previous meeting between these two teams, the Lions won thanks to a basket by junior forward Ivaney Marquez with four seconds left. In that game Schumacher led all scorers with 21. The Lions were led offensively by junior point guard India Wood with 13. Marquez finished with 10 rebounds to lead the Lions while Pierce pulled down nine boards.

The Lions are led by Pierce with 12.3 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. Hala’Api’Api also averages 12 points a contest as well as 5.8 rebounds.

For the women’s team to walk away with a senior night victory, Hala’Api’Api and Pierce need to be aggressive and force Schumacher into foul trouble.

The men have already locked up a tournament bid and they will take on a Northwest team that won the MIAA regular season championship last year. Junior forward Hunter Henry, last season’s MIAA MVP, leads the Bearcats. Last time these two teams met, the Lions left Maryville with an 81-77 victory. Southern was paced in that game by 17 points from freshman guard Skyler Bowlin who led all scorers. Henry finished with just seven points and 10 boards.

The women’s game tips off at 1p.m. with the men’s game starting immediately after the women.