HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings College men's basketball team was able to end a five game losing streak with the Broncos topping the Tigers 84-74 as five Broncos finished the night scoring in double figures.
The Broncos got under way with the Tigers as they found themselves up 8-6 early going of the first half after a basket from Brendon Lipovsky. Doane would then put together a 15-0 run over the next 6:42 before Bart Hiscock (SR/Bennington, NE) would make a pair of free throws to make it a 21-9 lead for the Tigers.
Logan Cale (SR/Lincoln, NE) would drain one of the many 3-pointers of the night, to bring it back to a five-point game as Hastings still trailed 25-20 with 6:35 left on the clock till half. In back-and-forth action, the Tigers would then respond with another big 8-0 run to give themselves a 13-point lead with just 5:03 left till the break. Another 3-pointer by Cale would cut the lead to just three with :12 left till half, but Doane would respond on a fast break three of their own to take a 40-34 lead over HC into halftime.
Coming out the half, both team would go back-and-forth before a basket by Mason Hiemstra (FR/Alliance , NE) would spark up an 8-0 run to make it a one point game, five minutes into the second half. Cale would drain another big three half way through the second as he tied the game at 56-56. Another three from Cale would give Hastings their first lead since the first half. Shane Chamberlain (SO/Harlan, IA) drained a three of his own after a turnover, but the Tigers would respond right back with a three of their own. Chamberlain wouldn't stop there as he would connect again from downtown and then Hiscock would convert an old fashioned three-point play to push the lead to nine with 8:50 left on the clock.
Hiscock's basket in the paint would push the Bronco lead to double digits leading 73-63. Both teams would go back-and-forth from there on out as the Tigers wouldn't be able to catch back up as the Broncos would take the game 84-74.
Cale had himself a day as he set his career high of 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting including making a career high eight three-pointers going 8-for-13 behind the arc. Hiscock finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. Also in double digits for scoring were Hiemstra (14), and Chamberlain (10). Hiemstra was flirting with a triple double as he finished with nine assists and six rebounds on the night.
As a team, the Broncos had a shooting percentage of 49.1 percent off a 28-for-57 night.
Next for the Broncos is a matchup against No. 9 Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday as they will host them here in Lynn Farrell Arena, tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. CST.