NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team outscored Marshalltown Community College in the second half on Saturday, but it was not enough as the Hawks (1-3, 1-3 ICCAC) fell 106-87 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Down by 25 points at halftime, the Hawks began to slowly chip away. Jared Lopez (Lincoln, Neb.) and Evan Decker (Omaha, Neb.) hit back-to-back layups to pull the Hawks within 22 points. Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) later buried a 3-pointer that kept the Hawks in the hunt.
With 10:27 to play in the game, Anderson nailed another 3-pointer and Lopez followed with a layup of his own to cut the deficit to 18 points. Marshalltown began to take advantage of the mismatches in the paint that led to a long-scoring run, keeping the Hawks from gaining any momentum.
Anderson led the Hawks with 21 points, six assists and six rebounds. Lopez added 20 points and five boards, while Decker and Trey Drummond III (Huxley, Iowa) chipped in 11 points each.
The Hawks continue their conference homestand against Iowa Western Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Norfolk.
NORFOLK, Neb. – Freshman Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) tallied a double-double on Saturday to help the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team crush Marshalltown Community College, 97-41 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
The Hawks (3-1, 3-1 ICCAC) held Marshalltown scoreless for the first seven minutes of the contest, giving Northeast a 21-0 lead. Breanna Stouffer (David City, Neb.) later buried a 3-pointer with nine minutes to play in the first quarter that ultimately led to an offensive explosion in the second quarter. Patricija Peric (Zagreb, Croatia) open the quarter with a 3-pointer of her own, just before Stouffer hit a wide-open 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 32-11 lead.
Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) and Yiesha Williams (Elkhart, Ind.) closed out the second quarter on back-to-back layups, putting the Hawks up by 35 points heading into halftime.
Coming out of the break, Stouffer and Hassett quickly made back-to-back 3-pointers that left the Tigers searching for answers. Hannah Ollendick (Tilden, Neb.) joined the scoring frenzy with a 3-pointer of her own as the Hawks took a 64-25 lead. Later in the quarter, Stouffer again connected on a shot from beyond the arc to put the Hawks up by 43 points.
With 7:45 to play in the game, Ollendick nailed a 3-pointer as Peter made back-to-back layups that kept the lead largely in the Hawks’ favor. Down the stretch, Peric back two layups in a 40-second span as the Hawks grabbed their third win of the season.
Peter finished the day with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-14 from the field. Peric added 20 points, while Hassett had 18 points and seven rebounds. Stouffer chipped in 14 points, seven assists and six boards.
The Hawks shot 53 percent from the field, while holding the Tigers to only 29 percent.
Northeast battles Iowa Western Community College at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Norfolk.