Nathan Frost scored a bucket with nine seconds remaining as the Raiders held on for a 66-65 win at McCook Community College on Wednesday night.
The win capped off an exciting comeback by the Raiders after they fell behind by 17 points in the first half. CCC clamped down on defense in the second half and held the Indians to 25 points. The Raiders took their first lead with three minutes to play and kept close for the remainder of regulation, allowing Frost to score the winning shot.
“With all the adversity we faced in the first half, we still found a way to overcome,” said CCC head coach Jerry Drymon. “We started to focus on small details like closing with hands up, rebounding and slowly fighting our way back into the game. When we pay attention to details, we are a dangerous team.”
With the win, the Raiders finish the 2018-19 regular season with a mark of 10-16.
Up next, CCC will face Southeast Community College in the Region IX tournament championship on Saturday in Beatrice. The Storm swept the Raiders during the regular season. CCC lost 85-65 to SCC on Feb. 2, followed by a 94-87 overtime loss on Monday night at Raider Fieldhouse. Saturday’s game is set to get underway at 1 p.m.
The Central Community College women’s basketball team lost at McCook Community College, 84-68, on Wednesday night.
CCC fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter before trailing by nine at halftime, 44-35. The Raiders picked up steam in the second half and pulled to within five points with six minutes remaining in regulation. However, the Indians rattled off a late scoring surge to post the 16-point victory.
“After a slow defensive start in the first quarter, we settled down and played better defense,” said CCC head coach Billy Perkins. “We just ran out of time.”
The loss gives CCC a final regular season mark of 10-14.
Up next, the Raiders will host North Platte Community College in the Region IX tournament championship game on Monday night. CCC swept the season series with NPCC, winning 68-62 in North Platte on Jan. 11. The Raiders completed the sweep with a 72-65 victory over the Lady Knights at Raider Fieldhouse on Feb. 8. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.