CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team hit the road on Saturday afternoon and couldn’t hold-off Kirkwood Community College in an ICCAC contest, falling 99-61 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Kirkwood, who is ranked No. 1 in the latest NJCAA DII poll, flexed its offensive muscles from start to finish. The Hawks (1-1, 1-1 ICCAC) held strong throughout the first half, coming within 10 points after Evan Decker (Omaha, Neb.) nailed a 3-pointer with 4:05 to play in the half. However, a long scoring drought gave the Eagles a 17-point lead heading into the locker room.
Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) made back-to-back layups to give the Hawks a chance in the second half, but the large-scoring output by Kirkwood was too much to handle for Northeast. Anderson led the Hawks with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jared Lopez (Lincoln, Neb.) added 13 points and four rebounds, while Decker had 13 points.
The Hawks travel to square-off with Iowa Lakes Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Estherville, Iowa.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team came up short on Saturday afternoon against Kirkwood Community College, 69-62 in ICCAC action in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Hawks (1-1, 1-1 ICCAC) made a strong push in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 28-18, taking a 48-45 lead into the fourth quarter. The Hawk’s lead was short-lived as Kirkwood tallied 24 points in the fourth quarter to hold off Northeast from mounting any comeback.
Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) had a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Breanna Stouffer (David City, Neb.) added 16 points and four boards. Hannah Ollendick (Tilden, Neb.) chipped in nine points in 18 minutes of action.
“We had a couple of lapses at the end of the first half, which led to us trailing by five points after two quarters,” head coach Matt Svehla said. “We played a solid thir quarter and had a lead heading into the fourth, but we failed to get some stops and we did not execute as well as we could have down the stretch. We played hard and battled, but we came up a bit short.”
The Hawks hit the road to battle Iowa Lakes Community College at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Estherville, Iowa.