Broncos win their fourth in a row, beating Briar Cliff 96-88
The Hastings College men's basketball team won its fourth straight game Saturday afternoon as they beat Briar Cliff 96-88. This win comes even with team leader Bart Hiscock (SR/Bennington, NE) sitting out due to illness.
The Broncos would slowly come out the gate to start the game as they found themselves down 8-0 after the first 2 minutes of play. This lead would be short lived as as Hastings worked its way back into the game as Mason Hiemstra (FR/Alliance , NE) would make three straight baskets for the Broncos to tie the game 16-16. This would force Briar Cliff to take a timeout with 12:25 left in the first half. Karson Gansebom (FR/Bennington, NE) would nail a three-pointer coming out after the timeout to help swing the momentum for the Broncos. Hiemstra would start the 9-0 run with a three-pointer that would be followed up by baskets by Brendan Lipovsky (SR/Fairfield, NE) and Zach Kitten (SR/Hastings, NE) would help push the lead to double-digits. The Chargers would cut into the lead to make it a four-point game just under three minutes after a big three. Gansebom would answer back with back-to-back threes of his own and a basket by Kitten would push the lead back to 10 as the Broncos would head into halftime leading 45-35 over the Chargers.
As the teams came back out to start the second half, the Broncos would get back into rhythm with the help from Kitten and Shane Chamberlain (SO/Harlan, IA) with back-to-back baskets. After a three from the Chargers, Chamberlain would respond and respond in a big way. Five three-pointers in under three minutes for Chamberlain. He would start off by hitting back-to-back three pointers, where BCU would answer back with a single three before Chamberlain would drill three more three-pointers in a row. Gansebom would also add a three of his own to cap off the 18-3 run. Leading by 25 now, the Broncos looked to try and coast to an easy win but Briar Cliff wouldn't roll over just yet. A three-point basket with 5:49 left in the game by the Chargers would cut the lead to 17. With the Broncos unable to slow down the fast three-point attempts, BCU was able to bring the score within seven points with :49 seconds left in the game. Free throws from Logan Cale (SR/Lincoln, NE) and a dunk from Chamberlain would bring the lead back to double-digits with only 30 seconds to go. Even with the last minute made three-pointers, Hastings was able to make the free throws to hang on with the final score 96-88. The three ball was a flying in the last five minutes, as both team would combine for 11 attempts from behind the arc.
As the dust finally settled, the Broncos would have five players in double-digits with Chamberlain and Hiemstra leading the way with 21 points. Chamberlain would go 8-for-11 from the field including 5-for-7 from behind the arc. Hiemstra, for his third straight game would put up 20+ points in a game. He would go 9-for-15 from the field, grabbed six rebounds and also had five assists. Gansebom would finish the day with a career high 17 points, going 5-for-7 from the field. Kitten would add 13 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Lipovsky would pick up 11 points while leading the team with eight rebounds and six assists.
Briar Cliff finished the game shooting just 47.8%compared to 58.2% for the Broncos while HC would also win the rebounding battle 30-to-29. Hastings also shot 51.9 percent (14-27) from behind the arc.
Hastings improves to 13-10 on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Jan. 29th as they host No. 1 Morningside College here at Lynn Farrell Arena with a tip off time of 8:00 p.m. CT.