Flying High

Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson
Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Sabercats are in the North Region Championship, and after a ruthless wire-to-wire win over Emmaus Bible College tonight, MBU showed why they're the #1 seed.

Maranatha sent four players into double figures in an 81-51 win over the hosts, and now the Sabercats will face #6 Moody Bible tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in the championship.

  • Result: #1 Maranatha 92-78 #4 Emmaus
  • Venue: Pollard Fieldhouse, Emmaus Bible College
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa
  • Attendance: 241
  • Records: MBU (14-9), EBC (5-24)

The 11-0 run that the Sabercats started with was a sign of things to come, as David Lerma and Jonathan Book fueled a fast start for MBU. Stephen Wilkerson picked up the mantle for the rest of the way, as he compiled 14 first-half points to lead the way for Maranatha. At halftime, the Sabercats had procured a 10-point lead and were looking dangerous.


As the second half wore on, the Sabercats pulled away. A couple of early three's from Rob Sonnenberg crushed any resistance that the Eagles planned, and from then on, it was a matter of formality and routine.

With the game out of reach of the Eagles, the Sabercats were just sharpening up for tomorrow. The Blue and Gold kept things moving offensively, going deep into their bench all the while. Twelve Sabercats contributed to the win, and it's all eyes on Moody and the North Region crown.


MBU Starters: 3-Book, 15-Lerma, 22-Sonnenberg, 23-Wilkerson, 35-Gill // EBC Starters: 1-Dillard, 13-Reeves, 14-Brammer, 34-Williams, 55-Horan

  • Wilkerson: 19 pts, 7 reb
  • Sonnenberg: 10 pts, 11 reb
  • Book: 10 pts, 3 reb, 8 ast
  • Rebounding: MBU 53-31 EBC
  • MBU: shot 47.8 percent from the floor
  • Last time: MBU 92-78 at Emmaus
  • Series: MBU leads the series 29-4

  • Emmaus competes in the NCCAA and the Midwest Christian College Conference
  • EBC finished with a 12-17 record last season and lost to the Sabercats in the semifinals of the North Region Tournament
  • The Eagles finish the 2018-19 season with an NCCAA regional record of 4-5

The Sabercats will compete with #6 Moody Bible Institute for the NCCAA North Region crown tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. Follow at

Borchardt Takes Over
August 1, 2019 Borchardt Takes Over
Pushing New Limits
March 15, 2019 Pushing New Limits
That's a Wrap
March 9, 2019 That's a Wrap
No Farther
March 8, 2019 No Farther
Upset City
March 7, 2019 Upset City
Hello Again
February 23, 2019 Hello Again
Champs Again
February 23, 2019 Champs Again
Flying High
February 22, 2019 Flying High
Top Spot for Regionals
February 19, 2019 Top Spot for Regionals
Tricks in the Book
February 19, 2019 Tricks in the Book
Regionals Ready
February 16, 2019 Regionals Ready
Odds are Even
February 14, 2019 Odds are Even
Second Gear
February 9, 2019 Second Gear
Wilkerson Weekly
February 5, 2019 Wilkerson Weekly
Wire-to-Wire Woes
February 5, 2019 Wire-to-Wire Woes
Road Rage
February 2, 2019 Road Rage
Shooting Sharp
February 1, 2019 Shooting Sharp
Coming in Clutch
January 26, 2019 Coming in Clutch
Up and Down
January 19, 2019 Up and Down
Staying in Front
January 18, 2019 Staying in Front
Back on Top
January 17, 2019 Back on Top
Lakeshore Heartbreak
January 12, 2019 Lakeshore Heartbreak
Hard Times on the Road
January 10, 2019 Hard Times on the Road
Michigan Mishap
January 8, 2019 Michigan Mishap
Saturday Knight Life
January 5, 2019 Saturday Knight Life
No Quarter Given
December 13, 2018 No Quarter Given
Calling the Shots
December 8, 2018 Calling the Shots
Book Grabs Weekly Award
December 4, 2018 Book Grabs Weekly Award
One for the Books
December 1, 2018 One for the Books
Battering Rams
November 29, 2018 Battering Rams
A Tale of Two Halves
November 27, 2018 A Tale of Two Halves
Wisconsin Luther-Win
November 17, 2018 Wisconsin Luther-Win
Hard Knox
November 13, 2018 Hard Knox
First Game; First Win
November 10, 2018 First Game; First Win
On the Rise
November 9, 2018 On the Rise