NORFOLK, Neb. – Coming off a 31-point performance against Central Community College on Wednesday, freshman Emmette Page (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) was back to work on Saturday, pitching in 20 points as the Northeast Community College men’s basketball team topped Marshalltown Community College 69-65 at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Sharp-shooting sophomore Seth Coatta (Minnetonka, Minn.) hit a 3-pointer to put the Hawks (12-10, 1-3 ICCAC) up early 8-0, but Marshalltown answered with a run of its own to pull within one with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
The Tigers eventually fought back to take a one-point advantage, but it was Coatta that sparked the Hawks’ offense late in the first half, thanks to another pull-up 3-pointer. Coatta went on to nail four 3-pointers in the game, while going 6-of-10 from the field for 19 points. He also contributed seven rebounds and five steals.
The Northeast offense went cold in the first five minutes of the second half, until Coatta hit a long-range 3-pointer, followed by a Joel Ufele (London, United Kingdom) dunk. A minute later, Ufele followed with a layup and Page hit a contested 3-pointer to put the Hawks up by eight points and forcing the Tigers to call a timeout. Ufele went on to tally 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the contest.
Marshalltown eventually cut the Hawks’ lead to a point, but Northeast never trailed and eventually put the game out of reach for the Tigers after Coatta made a layup with 38 seconds remaining. Coatta was fouled with 14 seconds to play and hit both of his free throws to secure the win for Northeast.
The Hawks battle Indian Hills Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
NORFOLK, Neb. – A stifling defense was the key to success on Saturday night for the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team.
The Hawks (13-8, 1-1 ICCAC) dismantled Marshalltown Community College 91-35 for their first ICCAC win of the season at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Kyla Moore (Norfolk, Neb.) sparked the Hawks’ offense in the first quarter after accounting for three-straight layups to give Northeast an early 13-5 lead. After an Eriana Brown (Des Moines, Iowa) layup later in the quarter, it was the Hawks with a demanding 21-10 lead that eventually opened the flood gates for the remainder of the game.
Marshalltown came within seven points early in the second quarter, but a Lauren Hunstad (Parker, S.D.) 3-pointer and back-to-back layups from Macey Kulhanek (Howells, Neb.) quickly ended any offensive threat from Marshalltown. Tegan Pompa (Elgin, Ill.) hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds to play in the half to give the Hawks a 41-25 lead heading into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Hawks allowed only 10 points in the entire second half, while registering 25 points in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth. Northeast led by as many as 59 points in the fourth quarter and out-scored the Marshalltown bench 57-8.
In 20 minutes of work, Moore led the Hawks in scoring with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals. Kulhanek added 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field. Pompa and Brown chipped in 10 points each, shooting a combined 9-of-11 from the field.
The Hawks shot 53 percent from the field compared to just 29 percent by the Tigers.
Northeast welcomes Western Nebraska Community College for a 5 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.