GOODLAND, KS– In both games Monday night, Northwest Tech basketball started out with early leads but could not hold on both teams falling to Hutchison inside the Max Jones Fieldhouse.
Lady Mavericks 51 Lady Blue Dragons 105
Head Coach Brock Kimball knew his team was in for a tough one going into Monday nights matchup with one of the top teams in the nation in Hutch. But he was happily surprised when he found his team up early, five minutes into the game, 12-10. Unfortunately for Northwest Tech that would be the last lead they would have. Hutch would go on to lead 28-17 at the end of the first quarter & would outscore the Lady Mav’s 28 to five in the second quarter to lead 53-25 at the midway point. Hutch would so their depth and skill in the second half to pull away for a 105-51 win.
Northwest Tech’s N’Dea Flye led Tech with a game high 24 points and sophomore Tajh Gillard had a career high 16 points as the Lady Mavs lost for the 17th time this season to remain winless. Hutch meanwhile have every girl on their team score at least four points led by Nae-nae Roebuck with 21. Hutch had a combined 65 points off of the bench in the game as they remained perfect of the season 17-0.
HEAD COACH BROCK KIMBALL POSTGAME:
78 Mavericks 51 Blue Dragons 85
The Maverick men have been so close over the past couple of week of finally snapping their mid-season losing streak and it looked like it might come to an end in epic fashion against one of the top NJCAA programs in Hutch, but it was not to be. In a back and forth game were their were 12 lead changes and seven ties Northwest Tech looked like a team that belonged. Mavericks only trailed by 5 at half, 40-35 and would have the lead with just 5:30 left to play after a posterizing dunk by Miles Gibson but could not hold on in the end losing 85-78.
Mavericks had four different players score ten-plus points led by 22 from Chris Freeman. Miles Gibson had his 15th career double-double with 12 points & 11 rebounds. Hutch was led by Rhaequone Taylor who led the game in scoring with 23 as the Blue Dragons imporved to 15-2 overall & 6-2 in league play. With the loss Tech has now dropped its last sevens games after winning its conference opener to fall to 9-8 overall & 1-7 in the Jayhawk.
UP NEXT: Northwest Tech will at Colby Community College on Wednesday. Hutch will host Garden City.
HEAD COACH NATE PADIA POSTGAME: