After relinquishing a double-digit lead, the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team was able to win a tightly contested battle with Hastings at the CNOS Classic in overtime. The sixth-ranked Chargers defeated the Broncos 106-103 at the Tyson Events Center.
Jay Wolfe was the star of the day, finishing one assist shy of a triple double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He also tied Jackson Lamb with a game-high three steals and scored seven of his team’s 14 points in overtime, including going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the crucial extra period. Wolfe was perfect on seven total free throws in the game.
Ethan Freidel and Jaden Kleinhesselink also came up big for the Chargers. Freidel reached 20 points for the fourth straight game with 21 against the Broncos. Kleinhesselink came off the bench for the Blue and Gold to chip in a career-high 19 points with five points and an assist in OT.
Early in the contest things looked to be clicking for the Cliff. BC scored the first five points of the game and although Hastings answered back to tie the game at 10, another 5-0 run by the Chargers followed.
The Broncos, who are receiving votes in the NAIA DII coaches’ poll, once again showed their grit and took their first lead at 21-20, but a 19-6 run by the Blue and Gold provided the biggest lead of the game at 12 points. Briar Cliff would lead by six heading into the locker rooms at the break, 50-44. The second half proved to be highly competitive throughout with several lead changes, but Briar Cliff never saw a deficit of more than two points.
“Today’s game was wild,” said BC coach Mark Svagera. “I thought we had a couple chances to extend our leads, but credit to Hastings for countering our runs with their own.
“I love the way our guys stuck together and continued to battle and come away with a victory.”
Kevin Miller came off the bench for the road Broncos, but played like a superstar with 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Bart Hiscock was the top rebounder for Hastings with eight while also putting up 25 points. Hastings outrebounded Briar Cliff 43-36 with a 7-5 edge in offensive boards but only turned that into a 6-2 advantage in second chance points.
Hastings shot 41-for-78 from the field for 53% and 12-for-30 from 3-point range for 40%, but hit just 9-of-13 free throws for 69% compared to the 94% that Briar Cliff shot from the free throw line (16-for-17).
From the field BC shot 36-for-75 (48%) and hit 18-of-44 3-pointers (41%). The Chargers had 25 assists while turning the ball over 11 times. Five players hit double digit points totals including 13 from Lamb and 11 by Nic Lutmer. Austin Roetman was just off the mark with nine points.
The win brings the Chargers record to 14-3 with an 8-2 mark in the GPAC. Hastings is now 5-5 in league play with back-to-back losses and 12-6 overall. Briar Cliff returns to the Newman Flanagan Center for a meeting with another team receiving votes in the national polls with an 8 p.m. meeting with Jamestown on Wednesday.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team started strong against #15 Hastings Saturday afternoon at the CNOS Classic in Sioux City but ultimately fell 74-66 to the Broncos.
The Chargers led through the majority of the first quarter and held an 18-16 lead at the end of the period behind seven points off the bench from Logan Ehlers. Alyssa Carley hit a 3-point basket to put her team up by five on the first play of the second quarter before Hastings went on a 15-0 run to take a 10-point lead. The Broncos led 37-30 at halftime.
Hastings continued to steadily pull away in the third quarter and led by 17 points before an 11-0 Charger run put them back in the game, trailing by just six points early in the fourth quarter. Taylor Wagner scored four of her career-high five 3-point buckets in the fourth quarter to help her team to within five points, but the Chargers could not pull off the upset.
“This was a game we could have had but turnovers and offensive rebounds really killed us,” said head coach Mike Power. “We cannot have that many empty possessions and expect to win. We lost because of those issues, but our kids showed fight all the way until the end.”
Briar Cliff gave up 23 turnovers, compared to 15 by Hastings. The Broncos held the edge in rebounds 46-31.
Wagner matched her career-high 19 points for the second time in as many games. Carley and Ehlers each added 12 points and Ehlers forced three steals. Madelyn Deitchler pulled down five boards. The Chargers shot 21-for-51 from the field, 13-for-24 from the 3-point line and 11-for-17 from the free throw line.
Gabby Grasso and Taylor Beacom each scored 16 points for Hastings. Halle Plumbtree grabbed 10 rebounds. The Broncos shot 41.2% in field goal shooting, 54.2% from beyond the arc and 64.6% from the charity stripe.
The Chargers are now 10-9 overall and 4-7 in GPAC play. The Broncos are 10-7 on the season and 6-5 in the conference.
Briar Cliff will host Jamestown Wednesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.