GOODLAND, KS — Saturday evening the Northwest Tech basketball teams hosted Colby Community College for a double header of hoops at Goodland’s Max Jones Fieldhouse.
LADY MAV’S 91 LADY TROJANS 79
23 games, 23 losses. That had been the season so far of the Northwest Tech Lady Maverick basketball team. First year Head Coach Brock Kimball had yet to taste victory, that is until Saturday night when the Lady Mav’s found a way to get out front early and hold on for their first victory of the 2018-19 season. Defeating the Colby Community College Lady Trojans 91-79.
Northwest Tech (1-23, 1-15 in KJCCC) would get up early in the first quarter 19-15 and then would grow its lead to 39-29 by halftime. That ten point lead was largest for Northwest Tech this season, who has only led at halftime twice this year. The third quarter is were NWKTC took off, out scoring CCC 35-23 to push its lead to 74-52 heading into the 4th. Colby would make a bit of a run in the fourth but it would not be enough as Tech would get its first win since last season.
Lady Mav’s star player N’Dea Flye had her her best performance of the season, scoring a career-high 42 points while also hauling in a team high 13 rebounds. Northwest Tech also had 3 other ladies score in double figures on their way to scoring a season high 91 total points.
CCC (8-16, 3-13 in KJCCC) was led by Kiara Knight who had a career high 17 points thanks in part to three made three-pointers on their way to there 7th straight loss.
HEAD COACH BROCK KIMBALL POSTGAME:
MAVERICKS 78 TROJANS 69
It was a tale of two halves between Northwest Tech and Colby mens basketball teams on Saturday night. After getting drubbed at Colby back in mid-January, Tech was looking for little revenge on their home floor and at the midway point in the game it looked like as if they were going to get it.
The Mav’s came out on fire and locked in on defense jumping up by nine at halftime, 40-31. Mavericks shot 52% from the field in the first half while holding the Trojans to just 32%. Tech would grow its lead to 14 early in the second half before Colby would get going on the offensive end knocking down seven three-pointers helping Colby flip the score and lead by eight with under two minutes to play. The Trojans, who have not been a great free throw shooting team, made a majority of its foul shots down the stretch to get the win 78-69 and sweep the season series.
Northwest Tech (12-13, 4-12 in KJCCC) got a career-high tying 30 points from Miles Gibson and the second career double-double out of Brandon Beloti (10 points & 10 rebounds) as they lost their 2nd game in a row.
Colby (16-9, 11-5 in KJCCC) was led by its three top guards. Craig Beaudion with 21 points, Rian Carter with 20 points & Javion May with ten on their way to winning their fourth game in a row and their seventh game in their last eight.
HEAD COACH NATE PADIA POSTGAME:
UP NEXT: Both teams return to action on Monday night. Northwest Tech heads to Garden City while CCC hosts Barton.
PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk