EL DORADO, KS — The final games of 2018 did not go the way the Northwest Tech basketball programs had hoped both falling on the road at Butler.
Lady Mavericks knew they had a tall task ahead of them when they stepped into the PowerPlant versus the number-eleven ranked team in the nation and Butler backed it up with a 79-48 win.
Things certainly did not start off well for Tech that scored a season low 14 points in the first half and was down 46-14 at halftime. But to Northwest Tech’s credit they did not throw in the towel and battled hard in the second half to the point where they only were outscored by one point.
Holly, Colorado native Josie Cook led the Lady Mav’s with a game high 18 points, knocking down 3 of 11 three-pointers. Fellow freshman Arianna Harper also got into double figures with 12 as Tech was held to just 35% shooting on the evening. Butler had four ladies score in double figures.
Lady Mav’s sit at 0-12 overall & 0-4 in Jayhawk conference play.
It was a frustrating night for the Maverick men who could just not get into any rhythm offensively and end up dropping their fourth game in their last five contest losing to the Grizzles 92-80.
Butler built a nice 11 point lead by half thanks to 51% shooting from the field and Tech would only be able to get back within 8 in the second half. One of the biggest stats of the night was the Mavericks committing 14 turnovers that led to 21 Butler points.
Sophomore Miles Gibson was the lone bright spot for the Mav’s as he scored a career high 30 points in the loss to go along with seven rebounds. Daekwon Gross added 11 and Justin Blunt scored 8 points and had a career high 10 boards.
Mavericks sit at 9-4 overall, 1-3 in conference. Both teams return to action after the Christmas break to host Neosho on January 2nd.