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Hawks come up short of victory

January 17, 2019

The Northeast Community College men’s basketball team traded runs--and the lead, eight times--with Southeastern Community College during the first 27 minutes of action, but the Blackhawks’ 14-0 run midway through the second half was too much for the Hawks to overcome.

That run produced Southeastern’s largest lead of the game--a 16-point advantage, at 68-52--with just under 11 minutes left to play. The Hawks continued to chip away at the deficit, and ten minutes later trailed just 91-87 after a 3 from the point by Emmette Page.

But Northeast was able to add just a single free throw in the final minute, while DeAndre Barton set up Jerry Miles, Jr. for a dunk and then added two free throws to finish off the Blackhawks’ 95-88 win in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference game.

“I was really happy with our effort, and I was really happy with our rebounding,” Hawks coach Dan Anderson said.

The Hawks’ work on the glass during the first half created a 20-12 rebounding advantage, and in the process denied Southeastern with second shots--resulting in defensive stops which allowed Northeast to climb back into a 40-40 tie at intermission after trailing 30-20 with six minutes left before the break.

Maintaining that rebounding edge, and hanging with Southeastern offensively, became more difficult as four Hawks got deeper into foul trouble, and especially as all four fouled out during the second half. Unfortunately, those players included much of Northeast’s size and scoring potential.

Daniel Akui scored 10 points in the first half and grabbed eight rebounds, but left the game in the second half having added just three points and no boards to his totals. Joel Ufele was limited to just five total points and three rebounds after accumulating three fouls in the first half and seeing limited floor time. Guard Moses Byekwaso scored 11 points and totaled five rebounds in the game before fouls sent him to the bench.

Meanwhile, Seth Coatta had accumulated 11 first-half points to lead the Hawks in scoring, but in the second half drew added defensive attention from the Blackhawks and finished the game with 15 points.

“I thought our guys off the bench really did a nice job for us,” Anderson said. “Seth’s stat line is always pretty good, and scouting reports say that you have to know where he’s at--that became more important to (Southeastern) as the game went on.”

One of the players to come off the bench was Ben Moxness who finished with 15 points--12 in the second half. Another was Caleb Rihanek who scored seven points and chased down seven rebounds before he also fouled out.

“I was really happy with Caleb’s effort; he’s a little undersized, but he just battles,” Anderson said. “One play I really liked was when Ben (a left-hander) finished with his right hand in traffic. I was real happy with that.”

Ultimately, a solid second half by Southeastern, which improves to 16-3 on the season, shored up the rebounding totals to nearly even, but the Blackhawks primary edge was reflected in shooting percentage--where Southeastern finished the game at 51 percent from the field and 58 percent from the 3-point line (7 of 12), while Northeast was 45.6 percent from the field but 39 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 28).

“I think we shot it pretty well at times; maybe if we’re going to do some real battling in this league we might have to shoot it a little bit better--we were 39 percent from 3, but we might have to be in the 40s,” Anderson said.

Handling the point for Northeast, Page led the 9-9 Hawks with 18 points and nine assists.

“We made the decision when we started the year that we were going to go with him, and this would be Emmette’s growing year,” Anderson said. “He’s right out of high school, but he’s playing good minutes and is a good leader; he pushes the ball and he can shoot it.”

Barton led Southeastern with 21 points. Tyler Maye (19), AJ Cox (18), Marquis Collins (15), and Jaquan Lightfoot (10) were also in double figures for the Blackhawks.

Southeastern CC 40 55 -- 95

Northeast CC 40 48 -- 88

Southeastern CC (16-3): Marquis Collins 4-6 6-6 15, Tyler Maye 7-13 3-3 19, AJ Cox 5-13 6-9 18, DeAndre Barton 6-8 8-8 21, Alier Riak 1-4 1-2 3, Diew Moses 0-2 2-2 2, Jaquan Lightfoot 4-8 2-5 10, Trenton Massner 1-3 0-0 3, Jerry Miles, Jr. 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 30-59 28-35 95.

Northeast CC (9-9): Emmette Page 5-15 6-6 18, Moses Byekwaso 4-6 1-2 11, Seth Coatta 3-7 7-8 15, Daniel Akuei 5-11 1-1 13, Joel Ufele 1-4 3-4 5, Junior Oscar 0-1 1-2 1, Caleb Rihanek 2-6 2-4 7, Ben Moxness 5-6 3-4 15, Luke Rollman 1-1 1-1 3. Totals: 26-57 25-32 88.

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