HASTINGS, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s basketball was left short-handed yet again on Wednesday, and despite their best efforts, the Warriors were outscored for the fifth-consecutive game.
The Warriors (10-18, 5-12 GPAC) tried hard to muster a second-half comeback attempt, but couldn’t dig themselves out of a big hole as they fell 88-70 to the Hastings College Broncos (18-11, 9-10 GPAC).
Midland fell behind early and trailed for the entirety of the game, but the Warriors didn’t fade away without putting up a fight.
A 17-7 run for Midland during the middle stages of the second half cut the Hastings lead down to eight points, but that was as close as the margin would get before Hastings finished off the 18-point victory.
With juniors Isaiah Workman and Bryce Parsons unavailable for the game, the Warriors ran with just seven players, but managed to keep the game as close as possible, putting themselves in striking distance in the second half.
Midland stayed close mostly by way of good three-point shooting as the Warriors finished 13-37 (35.1 percent) from behind the arc, with 10 of those threes coming in the second half. Hastings, however, shot just as well as Midland as the Broncos were 15-35 (49.9 percent) from deep.
Midland was led in scoring by freshman Malik Martin‘s 26 points on 10-21 shooting from the field. Closely behind him was senior Reggie Gradwell, who finished with 20 points by way of shooting 6-10 from three-point range.
Gradwell nearly notched a double-double as he finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
Sophomore Laurence Merritt was the other Warrior in double figures as he came off the bench to net 11 points while adding three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in a career-high 30 minutes of action.
Hastings put together a balanced scoring attack as five different Broncos scored in double figures. Bart Hiscock led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Ben Wahlberg (16), Brendan Lipovsky (14), Shane Chamberlain (13), and Eli Hunter (11) were the other double-digit scorers for the Broncos.
Hastings dominated Midland in a handful of categories, including bench points as a result of the Warriors being short-handed. Hastings’ bench outscored Midland’s 32-17, and the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors 42-29 while also dishing out 23 assists compared to just nine for Midland.
With the GPAC Tournament out of reach, the Warriors have just one more game left with a chance to end the season on a high-note and halt their current five-game losing streak.
Midland hosts the Northwestern College Red Raiders (16-12, 10-9 GPAC) this Saturday, February 16, to close out the 2018-19 regular season. The Warriors narrowly took down the Red Raiders in the season’s first meeting with a 74-73 victory in Orange City, Iowa. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 4:00 p.m. Senior Day festivities will take after the women’s game prior.
HASTINGS, Neb. – Fresh off an upset victory over No. 12 Dordt, Midland University’s women’s basketball team hoped to make it two upsets in a row on Wednesday. This time, it wasn’t meant to be for the Warriors.
Going up against the No. 24 Hastings College Broncos (17-11, 12-9 GPAC), the Warriors (15-12, 10-11 GPAC) stayed close through the first half but couldn’t keep pace down the stretch as the Broncos came away with a 69-52 victory.
The Warriors held a narrow lead through the game’s first seven minutes before the Broncos took over near the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, each team scored 15 points as Midland managed to weather what could have been a big storm as the Broncos went on a 9-0 run. Instead, the Warriors battled and trailed by just four at halftime. At that point, it seemed like the crowd in Hastings would be in for a back-and-forth contest.
But, the hometown Broncos started the third quarter on a 12-2 run that put the Warriors down by 15 before anyone even knew the second half started. After the run, the Warriors couldn’t get the margin back to single digits, and Hastings led by as many as 22 before the final 17-point victory.
Hastings was led on offense by Shandra Farmer, who finished with 20 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, including being 3-5 from three-point range, and 7-8 from the free throw line. She also added five rebounds, four steals, and two assists to her final stat line.
Gabby Grasso was the only other Bronco in double figures as she finished with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Kaitlyn Schmit and Emma Grenfell combined for 17 points off the bench for the Broncos.
Senior Maddie Egr paced the Warriors with 13 points thanks to shooting 9-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Makenna Sullivan was second on the team in scoring with eight points while adding four steals and four rebounds.
Ball security was an issue for both teams as the Warriors and Broncos combined for 56 turnovers on the game, leading to 29 points off turnovers for Hastings compared to just 12 such points for Midland.
While struggling to control the ball, the Warriors didn’t get into much of an offensive rhythm and converted on just 14 field goals. Fortunately, the Warriors were 20-27 from the free throw line, keeping them in the game as much as possible in the first half.
Just one more highly-ranked opponent stands in the way now as Midland is set to close out the regular season with a matchup with the No.2 Northwestern Red Raiders (24-3, 18-3 GPAC) on Saturday, February 16. Then-No. 5 Northwestern defeated Midland 95-71 in the season’s first meeting on December 8.
Tipoff for the rematch on Saturday, February 16 at Wikert Event Center is set for 2:00 p.m. The 2018-19 senior class will be honored postgame.