HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team hit the road over the weekend, competing in the Hutchinson Classic on Friday and Saturday in Hutchinson, Kan.
The Hawks were unable to knock-off No. 9 Hutchinson Community College, falling by the final score of 99-62. Northeast was able to rebound on Saturday, taking down Tabor College JV 91-75.
The Hawks stayed within striking distance of the Blue Dragons, but a stout effort from the Hutchinson bench proved to be the difference down the stretch.
On Saturday, the Hawks took a 12-point lead into halftime and never looked back. Northeast shot 65 percent from the field and a blistering 62 percent from three-point land.
The Hawks were led by Seth Coatta (Minnetonka, Minn.) who tallied 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and six 3-pointers. Byekwaso added 18 points and four assists, while Joel Ufele (London, United Kingdom) had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Freshman Emmette Page (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) chipped in 11 points and four assists.
The Hawks (1-1) are back in action Tuesday night, squaring off with York College JV at 7 p.m. in the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.