MCLA Men's Basketball Reaches .500 Mark

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Noah Yearsley scored 20 points, and the MCLA men's basketball team Tuesday erased a six-point half-time deficit to earn an 87-80 win over Russell Sage.
 
Drury graduate Hayden Bird scored 11, and Taconic alum Quentin Gittens added eight points and four rebounds for the Trailblazers.
 
Quran Davis and Ki-Shawn Moore added 12 and 11, respectively, as MCLA evened its record at 4-4.
 
MCLA is home on Saturday afternoon against Rivier.
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Bird's Career Best Lifts MCLA to Seventh Straight

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hayden Bird came off the bench to score a career best 31 points to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to its seventh straight win as the Trailblazers upended the Salem State Vikings 98-84 Thursday evening in MASCAC action.
 
The Trailblazers are off to their best conference start since the 2010-11 season as they improve to 10-4 overall and remain atop the MASCAC at 3-0.
 
Salem State falls to 1-14 overall and is now 0-3.
 
This first half was back and forth, but Drury High graduate Bird took over about midway through the half. He scored 19 of his 31 points in the opening half to lead the Trailblazers to a 48-43 advantage at the break. MCLA never trailed in the second half as they immediately increased the lead to double digits at 55-45. Salem cut it to five points, but once again MCLA answered.  With the score at 55-50, MCLA used a 12-5 spurt to take command at 67-55.  
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