GOODLAND, KS — The regular season came to an end in different ways for the Northwest Tech basketball programs on Sunday. Men winning 100-98 while the women lost 71-66, both against Dodge City.
LADY CONQS 71 LADY MAV’S 66
The scenario was pretty simple for the Lady Mav’s, even though they had only won two games all season long all they had to do was win and they were in the playoffs.
Northwest Tech got off to a solid start leading 15-14 at the end of the first period but Dodge City would find there offensive footing in the second mostly thanks to their bench who accounted for 24 of their 34 points to lead by six going into halftime.
The third quarter saw the Lady Conqs expand their lead to 13 to make it 53-40 heading into the fourth. NWKTC would make a late game push and get it back to within three with about two minutes left but Dodge would make its foul shots to melt away a win, 71-66.
Northwest Tech was led by N’Dea Flye who scored game-high 33 points in her final game as a Maverick. DC3 had three girls score 10-plus points led by Allie Baker who had a season-high 20 points.
Lady Mav’s end their season with a 2-28 record, while Dodge City improved to 14-16 and will play at Dodge City on Wednesday.
COACH BROCK KIMBALL POSTGAME:
MAVERICKS 100 CONQISTADORS 98
Before the game even started both teams knew their fates. Dodge City’s season was over & Northwest Tech would be headed to Arkansas City for the first round of the Region Six tournament on Wednesday.
Dodge got hot early and stayed hot jumping out a 25-20 lead at the first media timeout and would shoot 56% from the floor in the first half but Tech would stay with them stride for stride to only be down one at half 47-46. Both teams would exchange the lead a coupe of times and would be tied at 75 at the second half media break. Tech would grab the lead and expand it to 87-82 late in the ball game but Dodge would come back to almost win it but the Mavericks held on thanks to free throws to win 100-98.
The Mavericks as a team shot a season-high 44-57 from the foul line which helped lead them to a season-high in points scored (100). Northwest’s two stars led the way: Chris Freeman with 23 points & 30 points from Miles Gibson. Ebon Jay also contributed in a big way with a double-double (15 points & 11 rebounds). Dodge City who ended up shooting 55% from the floor in the game was led by Jyrus Freels who had 28 points.
Northwest Tech ends the regular season with a 14-16 overall record and will play at Cowley County in the first round of the Region Six Tourney on Wednesday. Dodge City ends its 2018-19 season with a 7-23 record.