Feb 26, 2020 12:36 PM

NPCC finish regular season with loss to MCC

Posted Feb 26, 2020 12:36 PM

Story by Philip Senff, Sports Information Coordinator NPCC

McCook, NE – The North Platte Community College men’s basketball team fell to McCook Community College Tuesday night 86-71 in the regular season finale.

The Knights fell behind early and saw the Indians take a commanding 25-point lead into halftime. NPCC fought back in the second half but fell short of the victory as MCC finished with the 15-point win.

NPCC finished the night shooting 44 percent from the field while MCC finished at 51 percent. The Indians controlled the paint also as they outrebounded the Knights 46-26.

The Knights finished with three scorers in double digits. Danillo Matovic, of Novi Sad, Serbia, led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while DaVonte Tharpe, of Macon, Ga., finished with 18 points and Luke Christen, of Anselmo, had 14 points.

With the loss, NPCC drops to 8-19 on the season. Next up for the Knights is the first round of the District IX Tournament. The game will take place Saturday, however, the opponent and location are yet to be determined.

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Feb 26, 2020 12:36 PM
Knights fall to SCC in Region IX opener

Story by Philip Senff Sports Information Coordinator NPCC

Beatrice, NE – The North Platte Community College women’s basketball team saw their season come to an end Tuesday night in the opening game of the Region IX Tournament. The Knights fell in a hard-fought game to Southeast Community College 70-57.

NPCC kept things close through the first quarter, but SCC pulled away in the second to take a nine-point lead into halftime. SCC rode that momentum into the second half and fought off all NPCC rallies to finish with the 13-point victory.

The Knights were led by Janay Brauer, of Sidney, who finished the game with 22 points, shooting five for 14 from the field. Ashley Hassett, of Hershey, also added eight points and 14 rebounds.

“Tonight just was not our night. I’m proud of our effort and fight. We did not fold or give up, and we battled until the end,” said Head Coach Jeff Thurman. “I am especially proud of our sophomores and what they have done for our program moving forward. Our program and I will be forever grateful to them.”

Tuesday’s loss ends the season for the NPCC women’s basketball team. The Knights finished the season 10-21.