IOWA FALLS - With seven previous wins washed out for having used an ineligible player, the Marshalltown Community College men's basketball team will take any victory it can get.
The Tigers took one on Wednesday night at Ellsworth, beating back the Panthers 64-50 in a non-conference clash.
"We started slow but we played together like we need to on the road," said MCC head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson. "We missed a bunch of layups early on but we led for pretty much the entire game.
"We gutted one out after we figured out how."
Marshalltown (4-13) lost point guard Rashaad Brown to an ankle injury with 7 minutes remaining in the game but managed to maintain its lead despite its primary backup DJ Anderson not in action because of an illness.
Brynjarsson said Kyle Calhoun stepped in off the bench, hit a clutch 3-pointer and helped the Tigers keep Ellsworth (5-10) out of striking distance down the stretch.
Sherman Blanford finished with a game-high 14 points for the Tigers, who won their third straight. Marcus Bell and Matej Delinac added 12 points apiece, Derrick Stewart nine and Nilson Santana six for MCC.
Jared Fulks led Ellsworth with 13 points in the Panthers' fourth straight loss. Malcolm Canada and Mario Donaldson contributed nine points apiece.
Marshalltown returns to action at the Indian Hills HyVee Classic on Friday and Saturday in Ottumwa. The Tigers face Kennedy-King College at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Olive-Harvey College at the same time Saturday.