BC men’s basketball dropped a back-and-forth game to Hastings Saturday afternoon in Hastings, Nebraska. The Broncos avenged a 106-103 OT loss from earlier this season and came away with a 93-91 victory.
Both teams shot well in the contest, with BC knocking down 51.67% of its field goal attempts and Hastings hitting 54.69% of its tries. Both teams were also better than 90% from the free throw line. The Chargers were 14-for-15 and the Broncos went 13-for-14.
The Broncos jumped out to a 6-0 lead but the Chargers evened the game at eight each with 15 minutes left in the first half. The teams continued to exchange scores and the first half featured three ties and 10 lead changes. Hastings was up 41-39 at halftime.
The score was tied at 70 with 7:16 left in the game when Jackson Lamb blocked a Bronco shot and nailed a 3-point basket on the next possession for the lead. The Chargers did not give up that lead until the 3:55 mark when Hiscock hit a three, putting the Broncos up 81-80.
The game came down to the buzzer. Jay Wolfe sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 91 with 24 seconds left, but Hiscock was fouled on the next possession and sank his freebies for the win. The Chargers could not get a final shot off and fell on the road.
“We were really good at times today,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “But we need more consistency. Unfortunately we weren’t able to string together some stops defensively in the second half.”
Wolfe continued to light up the scoreboard for the Cliff, leading all players with 31 points in the contest and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. He went 10-for-15 from the field, was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and sank eight of his nine free throw attempts. Ethan Freidel (16), Jaden Kleinhesselink (15) and Lamb (13) each added double digit scoring. Kleinhesselink dished out four assists and hit all four of his free throw tries.
Hiscock was just behind Wolfe with 28 points for the Broncos. He also added nine rebounds and five assists. Ben Wahlberg put up a double double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 boards.
The Cliff is now 18-6 overall and 12-5 in the GPAC while Hastings moves to 17-10 on the season and 8-9 in GPAC play.
Briar Cliff will return home host Northwestern at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team gave up too many turnovers to RV Hastings Saturday afternoon and fell 72-55 in Hastings, Nebraska. The Cliff ended the game with 32 turnovers, compared to just 11 by Hastings.
Jadyn Bussinger opened the game’s scoring with a 3-point basket and the teams continued to go back-and-forth from there in the first quarter, which saw six lead changes. The score was close after the first 10 minutes (16-15 in favor of the Broncos) despite BC’s 10 turnovers to Hastings’ one.
The majority of the second quarter was similar to the first and the score was tied at 24 before an eight-point Hastings run late in the half. The Broncos took a 32-26 lead into the locker room.
Hastings continued to pull away in the third quarter, leading by as many as 14 and ended the period up 55-43. A 2-point basket by Taylor Vasa with less than nine minutes to play helped the Chargers within nine points but the team could not mount a comeback and lost its second straight contest.
“It’s too late in the season for us to give up that many turnovers,” said head coach Mike Power. “It’s sad because our effort on defense was great today. We gave away a nice defensive effort.”
Vasa ended the contest as the Cliff’s leading scorer with 10 points off the bench and had three steals. Logan Ehlers pulled down eight rebounds and had two blocks and Bussinger added five boards. Alyssa Carley and Taylor Wagner each handed out three assists.
Shandra Farmer led all players with 19 points and eight steals in the game. Gabby Grasso chipped in 12 points and Emma Grenfell had four assists.
BC shot 44% from the field (26-for-59), 31.3% from beyond the arc (five-for-16) and 66.7% from the free throw line (eight-for-12). Hastings was 44.1% in field goal shooting, 37.9% from the 3-point line and 64.3% from the charity stripe.
The Cliff is now 13-13 on the season and 7-11 in the GPAC. Hastings improves to 16-10 overall and 11-8 in conference play.
Briar Cliff will host #2 Northwestern Wednesday at the Newman Flanagan Center. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m.