NORFOLK, Neb. – Despite shooting 46 percent from the field, the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team fell to Iowa Western Community College, 85-75 in ICCAC action on Wednesday night at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Jared Lopez (Lincoln, Neb.) gave the Hawks (1-4, 1-4 ICCAC) a spark in the first half, burying a deep 3-pointer to put Northeast up by six points early. However, the lead was short lived as the Reivers began to flex their defensive muscles. Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) pulled the Hawks within a basket with a layup late in the first half. Lopez account for five-straight points with under a minute to play that gave the Hawks life heading into the locker room.
The Hawks quickly saw the deficit begin to expand as the Reivers made a plethora of 3-pointers early in the half. With 10 minutes to play in the game, Anderson went right to work for the Hawks as he drained back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Hawks within five points. Both teams traded baskets until Ben Tew (Cheshire, England) hit an easy layup, forcing the Reivers to call a timeout. Unfortunately, the Hawks struggled to find any offensive rhythm down the stretch in the final minutes, propelling the Reivers to victory.
Anderson led the Hawks with 25 points and six assists. Tew tallied a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Lopez had 15 points. Evan Decker (Omaha, Neb.) netted 10 points and grabbed seven boards.
The Hawks hit the road to face Indian Hills Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday in Ottumwa, Iowa.
NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team committed 21 turnovers on Wednesday night and the Iowa Western Community College women’s basketball team took full advantage, downing the Hawks 94-70 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
The Hawks (3-2, 3-2 ICCAC) played error-free basketball for much of the first quarter and held off the potent Reiver offense. Iowa Western slowly started to creep its way back into the contest, outscoring the Hawks 28-14 in the second quarter.
Northeast managed to pull within eight points after halftime, thanks to a Yiesha Williams (Elkhart, Ind.) 3-pointer. Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) hit an easy transition layup with 4:02 to play in the third quarter that cut the deficit to only six points. Later in the quarter, Brianna Bauer (O’Neill, Neb.) buried a 3-pointer to keep the Hawks alive as they trailed by seven heading into the final quarter.
The Hawks went scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Reivers built their lead to 19 points. Iowa Western picked up steam in the final minutes and ultimately outscored the Hawks 33-16 in the fourth quarter to pick up the ICCAC victory.
Williams led the Hawks with 18 points. Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hassett chipped in 15 points and seven boards, while Patricija Peric (Zagreb, Croatia) had 10 points and seven boards.
The Hawks step out of conference play to battle Highway 81 foe, Central Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbus, Neb.