NORFOLK, Neb. – Two late free throws proved costly for the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team on Saturday. The Hawks (3-12, 3-12 ICCAC) ultimately fell to North Iowa Area Community College, 70-67 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Down by seven points at halftime the Hawks outscored the Trojans, 42-38 in the second half.
Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Neb.) made back-to-back layups that sparked the Hawks’ offense with 8:14 to play in the game. Later in the half, Devin Ross (Cartersville, Ga.) hit back-to-back layups that put the Hawks ahead by a point. The Trojans began to mount a small comeback, but Jared Lopez (Lincoln, Neb.) quickly changed the momentum by hitting a much-needed 3-pointer. Anderson hit an easy shot off the glass that gave the Hawks a three-point lead. However, it was the Trojans that had the final say down the stretch to put the game out of reach for Northeast.
Anderson led the Hawks with 17 points and six rebounds. Lopez added 14 points and eight boards, while Ross had 13 points. The Hawks shot 43 percent from the field, compared to 34 percent by the Trojans.
Northeast squares off with Southwestern Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Creston, Iowa.
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NORFOLK, Neb. – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers on Saturday afternoon, turning away North Iowa Area Community College by the final of 83-65 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Both teams came out swinging in the first half, but the Hawks (9-5, 8-5 ICCAC) were able to maintain a sizeable lead after halftime. The Hawks built a 10-point lead, thanks to a Patricija Peric (Zagreb, Croatia) 3-pointer. Yiesha Williams (Elkhart, Ind.) sank a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to give the Hawks a 63-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the Hawks began to put on the cruise control after Kelly Kleffner (Spalding, Neb.) hit a deep 3-pointer. Ashley Hassett (Hershey, Neb.) hit two free-throws that gave Northeast a 20-point advantage. Breanna Stouffer (David City, Neb.) and Taylor Peter (Chambers, Neb.) hit back-to-back layups that put the Hawks in the driver’s seat the rest of the way.
Peric led the Hawks with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, while adding nine rebounds. Peter had 18 points and seven boards, while Hassett pitched in 14 points and seven rebounds. Williams added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Hawks visit Southwestern Community College at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Creston, Iowa.