NORFOLK, Neb. – Tied at 35 at halftime, the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t regain any momentum in the second half in ICCAC action on Wednesday night. The Hawks (3-15, 3-15 ICCAC) ultimately fell to Iowa Central Community College, 69-62 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Both teams had a tough time finding any rhythm in the first half. The Tritons were able to outscore the Hawks by seven points in the second half to gain control for the rest of the game.
Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) kept Iowa Central in check for much of the second half, hitting back-to-back layups down the stretch. However, the Hawks’ shooting went cold until Anderson hit a 3-pointer to pull the Hawks within seven points. Justin Hiser (Grand Island, Neb.) sank a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to four points with 1:38 to play in the game. Iowa Central answered with a 3-pointer of its own as the Hawks had a tough time overcoming the seven-point lead.
Anderson tallied 20 points and seven rebounds. Hiser added 11 points and five boards.
The Hawks continue ICCAC play when they visit North Iowa Area Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday in Mason City, Iowa.
NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team tallied 23 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa Central Community College came away with the victory by the final of 53-50 on Wednesday night at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
The Tritons held the Hawks (10-7, 9-7 ICCAC) to 20 points in the first half and only seven points in the third quarter. The Hawks managed to make a late push in the final quarter, but Iowa Central held strong in the final minutes.
Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) gave the Hawks some momentum after hitting a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. A minute later, Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) sank a layup to pull the Hawks within seven points. With 2:04 to play, Hassett hit another 3-pointer and Peter hit one of her own to tie the game at 50. The Tritons ultimately prevailed after hitting crucial free throws with only seconds remaining.
Hassett had one of her best nights in a Hawks uniform, recording a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Peter added 10 points and four boards.
The Hawks hit the road for an ICCAC battle with North Iowa Area Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mason City, Iowa.