NPCC Men, Women Top Central

The North Platte Knights and Lady Knights finished off weekend road sweeps with victories at Central Community College in Columbus yesterday. The Lady Knights scored the game’s first 15 points, built a 24-point first half lead, and withstood a late charge from the Lady Raiders in a 75-64 win. Da’Vontaye Merritt led four Lady Knights in double figures with 19 points. The Lady Knights are now 8-5. The Knights men got 19 points from Ethan Montalvo in a 75-74 victory. In a game that saw 11 ties and nine lead changes, North Platte got big late hoops from Montalvo and Jake Maslo and made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. The Knights move to 9-2 with the win. The Knights and Lady Knights wrap up the 2012 portion of their schedule with home games against Northwest Kansas Tech on Saturday.