ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Despite out scoring Iowa Lakes Community College in the second half, the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team got off to a slow start and ultimately fell to the Lakers, 77-64 at the Laker Gymnasium in Estherville, Iowa.
The Hawks (1-2, 1-2 ICCAC) couldn’t muster any offense in the first six minutes of the first half, but a 3-pointer from Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) put the Northeast on the scoreboard as they trailed by nine points. Anderson later hit a mid-range jumper and was fouled on his way to the basket. The sophomore stepped to the free-throw line and hit the free throw to pull the Hawks within 16 points.
Justin Hiser (Grand Island, Neb.) opened the second half with a 3-pointer, followed by another one from Trey Drummond III (Huxley, Iowa) as the Hawks slowly began chip away at the Lakers double-digit lead. Two free throws from Evan Decker (Omaha, Neb.) with 9:38 to play in the game, pulled the Hawks within 10 points.
The Hawks’ defense came into play later in the half as they held the Lakers in check, before Andy Knapp (Crofton, Neb.) knocked down a 3-pointer and Devin Ross (Cartersville, Ga.) hit two free throws that cut the deficit to only seven points. However, it was the closet the Hawks could come in the contest after the Lakers sealed the victory with a layup and two free throws.
Anderson guided Northeast with 19 points and six rebounds. Ross added 15 points, while Jared Lopez (Lincoln, Neb.) had 10 points and six boards.
The Hawks welcome Marshalltown Community College for a 3 p.m. matchup at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Patricija Peric (Zagreb, Croatia) tallied 20 points and the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team shot a blistering 66 percent from the field to defeat NJCAA DII No. 11 Iowa Lakes Community College, 67-55 at Laker Gymnasium in Estherville, Iowa.
The Hawks (2-1, 2-1 ICCAC) quickly dug out of an eight-point deficit in the first quarter after Yiesha Williams (Elkhart, Ind.) and Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) made back-to-back jumpers. Peric pulled the Hawks within four points after an easy basket with 2:07 to play in the first half. Breanna Stouffer (David City, Neb.) ultimately tied the game at 29, but a 3-pointer from the Lakers put the home team back in the driver’s seat. Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) hit a layup with seconds remaining in the half, but Iowa Lakes struck again with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a one-point lead heading into halftime.
The Hawks controlled much of the second half, out scoring the Lakers, 36-23. Peter hit the old fashion three-point play to give the Hawks a three-point advantage early in the third quarter. Peric caught fire late in the quarter after hitting back-to-back jumpers, before finishing with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Hawks up, 46-39.
Iowa Lakes tried to mount a small comeback, but the Hawks held the home team to only 10 points in the fourth quarter. Peric found the bottom of the net with 4:11 to play and Stouffer quickly followed with a layup, before Peric drilled another jumper to put the game out of reach for the Lakers.
Peter added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Hassett had 13 points. Stouffer chipped in 11 points and Williams added 10.
The Hawks entertain Marshalltown Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.