FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s basketball team has shown multiple times this season that they can battle with some of the best and Wednesday night was no different. The Warriors (4-6, 2-3 GPAC) went toe-to-toe with the No. 19 Hastings Broncos (8-2, 4-1 GPAC) before falling just short in a 64-60 loss at Wikert Event Center.
Even in a loss, the Warriors continued to showcase their tenacity and relentlessness as the Broncos came out and dominated the first 10 minutes of the game. Hastings led Midland 15-5 with just under 10 minutes to play in a game that didn’t see much offense.
With the ball not bouncing their way, the Warriors dug deep to find a way to get back into the game. After trailing 15-5 at the midway point, a three-pointer from senior Reggie Gradwell sparked a 12-2 run to tie the game at 17-17 with five minutes left before the intermission.
Just a couple of minutes later, freshman Dillon Faubel went on a 5-0 run of his own, hitting a three-pointer with two and a half minutes left to give Midland its first lead of the game, 22-21. However the Broncos came back to tie the game 26-26 at halftime.
Midland dug itself into another big hole in the second half. After playin even with the Broncos for the first few minutes of the second half, the Broncos began to put some distance between themselves and the home team. Midland trailed in between three and seven points until just under the eight minute mark.
Suddenly, an 8-2 run put Hastings ahead by nine with six minutes to play, and the Warriors had to dig deep yet again.
The teams traded baskets for the next couple of minutes, which allowed Hastings to cling to a seven-point lead. Gradwell knocked down another three-pointer with three minutes to pull Midland to with four, and spark another run.
Gradwell’s three sparked a 7-0 run as sophomore Sam Brown scored the next four points for Midland to tie the game with a minutes and a half left in the game.
In the final minute, Brendan Lipovsky’s layup put the Broncos up 60-58. Ten seconds later, a layup from junior Bryce Parsons tied the game at 60-60. Parsons was fouled, but missed the potential go-ahead free throw.
After a timeout, Kevin Miller’s made layup put the Broncos ahead 62-60. On Midand’s final possession, a layup from junior DJ Deere rimmed out and came down in the hands of Hastings’ Bart Hiscock. After a foul, Hiscock made two free throws to end the game and get Hastings out of Fremont with a 64-60 win.
Hiscock led the Broncos with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Hastings also got double-digit performances from Miller and Zach Kitten, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Parsons paced the Warriors with 16 points on 8-13 shooting. Brown also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, including four crucial points in the games closing minutes to give Midland a chance to win. Deere and Gradwell each finished with nine points off the bench as well.
Midland was just 39.1 percent from the field, not far off from Hastings’ mark of 42.1 percent, but the big difference was free throws. Hastings was 12-19 (63.2 percent), while Midland was just 2-7 (28.6 percent). Points weren’t easy to come by Wednesday, and the Warriors left too many on the court to complete the upset.
The Warriors hit the court again on Saturday, December 1 for an exhibition game with Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri. After that, Midland has another tough conference test when the Warriors travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on the No. 2 Morningside (8-0, 5-0 GPAC). Tipoff on Wednesday, December 5 is set for 8:00 p.m.
FREMONT, Neb. – Fresh off their No. 25 ranking, Midland University was not able to make a statement with a win over a ranked opponent as No. 12 Hastings College came away with win in Fremont, Nebraska. The Warriors (5-4, 2-3 GPAC) fell to the Broncos (7-3, 32 GPAC) by a final score of 70-65. It’s the second game in a row the Warriors have lost by single digits. Midland and Hastings are two of eight teams ranked in the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.
It was a back and forth affair as each team led a various points of the game. The fourth quarter alone saw four lead changes and four ties, as Hastings snuck out a difficult road victory. The game came down to the end, but it wasn’t always as close as the final score suggests.
The first quarter was all about runs as Midland came out of the gates and started the game on a 12-2 run in the first five minutes. But, Hastings responded right back with a 9-0 run to make it 12-11 Midland with two minutes left in the quarter. After a jumper from senior Maddie Egr, Midland led by three after the first quarter.
Hastings used a 6-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to take its first lead of the game in a Kaitlyn Schmit jumper. The Broncos outscored the Warriors 20-13 in the quarter and finished the half on a 15-7 run to take a 31-27 lead into halftime.
The Broncos distanced themselves from the Warriors to start the third quarter, outscoring Midland 11-4 in the first five minutes. But, sparked by a three-pointer from freshman Lexis Haase, the Warriors would go on a 9-0 run to pull the game back to within two points.
Hastings scored the next seven points before a Samm Ashida three-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter cut the lead back down to six as Midland trailed 49-43 entering the final period.
The Warriors started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, tying the game on a pair of free throws from sophomore Makenna Sullivan. After trading baskets again, Egr’s layup put Midland ahead 53-52 for the first time in the second half.
With four minutes to play, MacKenzie Willicott sank two free throws for Hastings to give the Broncos a 62-60 lead. The Broncos then went on a 5-1 run to extend the lead to six with just over 30 seconds to play.
Forced to foul after an Amanda Hansen layup, the Warriors sent Emma Grenfell to the line. Grenfell went 1-2, and Egr scored quickly at the other end for Midland, making it a three-point game.
The Warriors fouled again with 15 seconds left, and Shandra Farmer made both of her attempts, giving Hastings a 70-65 lead. Maddie Meadows’ shot in the final seconds missed as Hastings escaped Wikert Event Center with a win.
The Broncos were led by Farmer, who finished with 17 points, but also got impressive performances from Grenfell and Willicott, who each finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
Egr led the Warriors with 25 points on 11-18 shooting from the field. She was also one of four Warriors to bring down five rebounds. Hansen was the other double-digit scorer, finishing with 14 points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists.
The Warriors are back in action on Saturday, December 1, for another conference game when they host College of Saint Mary (2-9, 1-4 GPAC). Tipoff from Wikert Event Center is set for 2:00 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.