North Platte – The Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen ended the North Platte Community College Knights winning streak at seven, defeating the Knights 73-72 on Wednesday night at the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium.
The Knights started out the game with a 16-2 lead. They maintained their lead throughout the first half, leading by 18 at halftime 47-29.
The Knights extended their lead at the beginning of the second half, starting out on a 10-3 run for their biggest lead at 57-32.
The Plainsmen began to chip away at the Knights lead on a barrage of three pointers. The Plainsmen made eight three-pointers in the second half and a total of 10 for the game. Kei’shon Parker and Garrett Baggett each had five three-pointers.
The Plainsmen took their only lead on a three-pointer by Parker in the last minute of play.
The Knights could not connect in the last few seconds of the game to fall for the first time this season.
The Knights, now 7-1 and 0-1 in the Region IX South Sub-Region were led in scoring by Mike Amius, who finished with 20 points. Diontae Champion finished with 18 points and Samuel Kearns had 15 points. Amius had eight rebounds to lead the Knights.
Parker finished with a game high 24 points and Baggett ended with 22 to pace the Plainsmen, who are now 8-3 overall and 2-1 in Region IX South Sub-Region play. Parker and Badgett were the only two Plainsmen in double figures for the Plainsmen.
The Knights go on the road to face the 15th ranked Lamar Community College Lopes on Saturday, December 10. Tip-off is set for 8 PM CST.