YORK, NE – The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with a win on the road over the York Junior Varsity, 116-63.
The Hawks had seven players score in double figures. Steve Wooten lead the way with 23 points; Julius Sakinis netted 17 points; Melkisedek Moreaux and Moses Byekwaso contributed 14 each; Jeremiah Coddon finished with 13 points; Jaquan Sanders 12; and Allen Anderson had 11. Wooten pulled down
11 rebounds while Moreaux has 10.
Coach Dan Anderson was pleased with the win.
“The guys shared the ball, took care of the ball and played hard. I also felt we shot the ball well.”
The Hawks will be in action on Friday as it faces the host team in the North Dakota State College of Science Classic in Wahpeton, ND. Game time is 3 p.m.
NORFOLK – Adjustments at halftime assisted in the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team to win it season opener here Wednesday. The Hawks defeated Northeastern Junior College (CO), 71-51.
Northeast opened the game up in the second half with better shooting, but also held Northeastern to eight points in the 3rd quarter and nine points in the 4th quarter. The Hawks led 35-34 at the half and outscored the Plainswomen, 36-17 in the second half.
“We are a very inexperienced team and we looked like it in the first half,” said Matt Svehla, Northeast head coach. “In those first 20 minutes, our defense was not very good, and as a result, we put them on the foul line far too much.”
Northeastern made 17 of 21 free throws in the first half.
Svehla said that was an item he addressed with his players during halftime.
He told them, “Play better defense. Play better post defense, don’t give up penetration and keep them off the free throw line. Our second half was much better defensively and we slowly got control of the game.”
Mykala Baylor led the Hawks with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sierra Bell had 12 points, followed by Lauren Hunstad with eight points and Kori Fischer and Irene Sanz with seven points each.
Northeast will play next in the North Dakota State School of Science Classic in Wahpeton, ND, on Friday as it will take on the host school at 1 p.m.