NORFOLK, Neb. – Seth Coatta (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Caleb Rihanek (Spencer, Neb.) both tallied 21 points on Monday night, helping the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team take down Hastings College JV 96-73 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Within a two-minute stretch to start the first half, Rihanek nailed two 3-pointers to give the Hawks (10-10) an early 11-10 lead and it was just the beginning of a strong offensive showing for the sharp-shooting forward
Later in the half, Coatta hit a long-range 3-pointer that tied the game at 26, but it was Coatta again that gave Northeast a two-point lead off a layup less than a minute later. Both Rihanek and Coatta made their presence known later in the first half when they combined for a total of 12 points in a three-minute span.
Early in the second half, Coatta gave the Hawks a 10-point cushion, but Rihanek followed with another 3-pointer seconds later. The Hawks began to push their lead as Joel Ufele (London, United Kingdom) and Coatta had back-to-back dunks that was followed by a 3-pointer from Daniel Akuei (Melbourne, Australia) that gave Northeast a 20-point lead with 7:29 to play.
In the final minutes of the game, it was Rihanek that put the game out of reach for the Broncos, after banking home a 3-pointer. He finished 7-of-11 from the field, while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists. Coatta was 9-of-16 from the field with six boards and two assists.
Ufele added a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Emmette Page (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) nearly had a double-double with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals as did Akuei who chipped in nine points and 10 boards.
The Hawks shot 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point line.
Northeast squaress off with Highway 81-foe Central Community College at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the Raider Fieldhouse in Columbus, Neb.
NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team got back to its winning ways on Monday night, topping Hastings College JV 87-58 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Despite a sluggish start in the first half, Kyla Moore (Norfolk, Neb.) guided the Hawks by sinking a 3-pointer late in the first quarter to pull Northeast within two points. The Hawks eventually took a one-point lead in the second quarter after sophomore Kori Fischer (South Sioux City, Neb.) found the bottom of the net on a long-range 3-pointer.
Throughout much of the second half, the Northeast bench stepped up to keep the Hawks firing on all cylinders. Teagan Pompa (Elgin, Ill.) drained a 3-pointer, while Caitlin Orton (Mills, Neb.) followed suit with a layup to pull Northeast within a bucket.
With 5:46 to play in the half, Pompa hit another 3-pointer off a no-look pass from Lauren Hunstad (Parker, S.D.). Minutes later, Orton found the glass to put the Hawks up by two points, but it was the Broncos that took a one-point lead heading into the locker room.
The second half proved to be a different story for the Hawks. Newcomer Emina Hadzihusejnovic (Mostar, Bosnia) made three-straight layups that led to back-to-back 3-pointers from Irene Sanz (Vilassar de Mar, Spain) and Hunstad.
Later in the quarter, Moore was the main source of the Hawks’ offense as she tallied 10 straight points that put Northeast in the driver’s seat. The Hawks closed out the fourth quarter by holding the opposition to seven points for the win.
Freshman Kyla Moore (Norfolk, Neb.) had one of her best games in a Hawks uniform so far this season, recording 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and four 3-pointers. She added six steals and two rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
Hadzihusejnovic had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Sanz collected 14 points. Pompa and Orton had 10 points each off the bench.
The Hawks (11-8) shot 45 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Northeast heads south to battle Highway 81-rival Central Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night in Columbus, Neb.