STORY BY: AUSTIN DRUSE
PHOTOS BY: JENNIFER SCHMIDT
VIDEO BY: ALEX NAJERA
After having last night’s game rescheduled due to Winter Storm Kayla, the Hastings College Broncos lost another close one to the Doane Tigers on Thursday, 87-78.
Hastings College head coach, Bill Gavers, wasn’t happy about how poorly his team communicated, as well as their inability to maintain possessions in the first half.
The Broncos lost to Doane 89-86 back on December 2nd, and tonight’s game looked very similar in terms of scoring by the half. On December 2nd, the Broncos trailed 49-32 at halftime but outscored Doane by 14 points in the second half. Tonight, similar story—Doane led 15 at the half, but were beat in the second period by the Broncos. Both times, however, the initial deficit was too much for the Broncos to overcome.
“I think we got better shots in the second half, I thought our energy level was better in the second half,” Gavers said, “we played with some urgency and crisis when we were down. . . and that’s just a dangerous thing, being down big and coming back.”
Doane’s 46-31 halftime lead was mostly due to the breakout scoring from sophomore guard Rylee Zimmerman. Averaging just four points per game coming into tonight, Zimmerman exploded for 20 first half points, shooting 8-10 from the field and 3-3 from 3-point land. Zimmerman finished with a season-high 27 points tonight to go along with his 11 rebounds.
“That Zimmerman kid, he killed us. He absolutely killed us,” Gavers said.
Also with a double-double tonight for the Tigers was Nate Kuhl, who tallied 23 points on 6-9 shooting and 12 rebounds. Kuhl also shot 11-14 from the free-throw line.
Hastings College was led by senior Carson Blum, who scored 19 points and grabbed five boards as well.
This Doane team is definitely one the Broncos can beat, despite the matchup problems that come up. While the Broncos looked to the full-court press coming out of halftime, it wasn’t nearly as effective as it was against Mount Marty on January 31st.
With the loss, the Broncos drop to 15-9 (8-7). Their next game is Saturday, February 6th in Orange City, Iowa against the Northwestern College Red Raiders.
As for the Tigers, they improved their record to 9-16 (5-11), and look forward to a trip to Yankton, S.D. to face the Mount Marty Lancers on February 6th.
Tipoff for both games is set for 4:00 pm central time.