Griffons Pressing on Without Clinkscales

Published 01/02 2014 10:53PM

Updated 01/03 2014 10:17AM

(ST. JOSEPH) Missouri Western Men's Basketball will be without the biggest piece of their roster for the rest of the season.

Forward Cedric Clinkscales has played his last game in a Griffon uniform as his eligibility has run out. The NCAA denied a hardship waiver for Clinscales, which would have allowed him to play the second half of the season this semester.

The 27-year-old senior averaged 9.6 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds through his first nine games this year after leading MWSU in points and boards a season ago. At 6-7, 230 pounds, he was the largest player on the Griffons' roster. 

He played in 36 career games over two seasons with MWSU after transferring from Roane State Community College (Tenn.) 

The Griffons (6-5, 1-2) are back at practice this week after the MIAA's mandatory holiday break as they prepare to host Washburn on Saturday. 

"I still believe, when we're healthy, we're capable of being in every single game," first-year head coach Brett Weiberg said. "If you're in games, as solid as our guard play is, we can win games. We don't have a lot of margin for error. We're not really deep and we're not really big."

"We've got to compete every single second and, if we do that, we'll be okay." 

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