GOODLAND, KS — For the second time this year the Northwest Tech basketball teams welcomed in a pair of top 25 teams in Seward County inside the Max Jones Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
Mavericks 80 #15 Saints 78
It looked like for a moment that the Northwest Tech Mavericks might lose another game to a conference foe after leading at halftime, but instead it became history. The Maverick men came out on fire led by sophomore Chris Freeman, who had struggled with his three point shooting all season long after being one of the best in the country last year. Freeman buried his first three triples and got the Mav’s out to an early 20-14 lead over the 15th ranked Saints. Freeman and fellow sophomore Miles Gibson scored 24 of the Mavericks 43 halftime points as they lead by one at the break.
Northwest Tech, who had issues in prior games to slow starts to the second half, came out firing in half number two and would push their lead to 11, 66-55, by the media timeout. But the Saints did not lay down, charging back to lead 75-71 with three minutes left. Northwest Tech would tie the game up with around a minute to play at 78 and would then force a turnover out of Seward in the final minute which led to the game winning alley-oop layup for Miles Gibson off the assist from Chris Freeman to take the lead 80-78. With three seconds left Tech would hold strong on defense forcing an errant shot from the Saints Mohammed Selmi to get the win.
Chris Freeman & Miles Gibson led the way for Tech with 23 & 20 points respectively. Henry Hampton was the only other Mav who scored in double fugures with 11. Seward County was led by Marco Morency who had a career high 22 points in the loss.
The win gave Northwest Tech (11-11, 3-10) their first victory versus a top 25 opponent since joining the Jayhawk. The loss for Seward County (17-5, 10-3) was their second in the past three games.
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Lady Mav’s 77 #8 Lady Saints 93
For the past two games the Northwest Tech women have come oh so close to winning that first game of the season. But the Seward County Lady Saint’s proved to be on another level as they ran away from Tech, 93-77. The Lady Mav’s started slow getting down 24-11 at the end of the first quarter and would remain down 13 at halftime. Out of the break, Tech would surge to get within nine points a couple of times but could get any closer before getting down by 20 at the start of the fourth quarter and would end up losing, 93-77.
Northwest Tech’s N’Dea Flye, who had been tearing up the league the past couple of weeks, was held to a season low 16 points by Seward who practically said they were not going to let her beat them. But Tech’s Josie Cook filled in quite nicely scoring a career-high 25 points while also grabbing a career high seven rebounds to lead four Lady Mav’s in double-figures. Seward County also had four girls score in double figures and shot the lights out from three, led by Lexi Hernandez who made seven three’s herself on way to a game-high 26 points. The Lady Saints shot 15 of 20 from three on the night in the win.
The win improved Seward County to 20-2 overall & 12-1 in conference. Tech fell to 0-21 with the loss
UP NEXT: Seward County heads to Hutch while Northwest Tech get Dodge City in Dodge.