Adam Maser, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations
STERLING, Kan. – For the Hastings College men’s basketball team, their game Monday against the Sterling Warriors started and ended with no troubles for the Broncos scoring, it was easy sailing to a 108-74 victory over the Warriors.
The Broncos (4-1) were able to jump ahead to any 7-2 early lead as Brendan Lipovsky (SR/Fairfield, NE) was able to drain a three-pointer to extend the lead to 8 with 14:31 left in the first half.
Warriors were able to cut into the Broncos lead a little bit as they brought it within 4 with a 3-pointer, as they still trailed the Broncos 19-15 with 10:33 to go.
Zach Kitten (SR/Hastings, NE) would get the Broncos offense going as he would hit a pair of free throws and a basket to go a sparked a 10-0 run to give the Broncos 30-15 lead.
The Broncos were able to keep building onto their already sizeable lead, with Lipovsky driving to the basket to give the Broncos a 44-21 lead with 2:58 left in the half.
In the final minute of the half, Logan Cale (SR/Lincoln, NE) was able to drain a three-pointer to give the Broncos a 51-30 lead over the Warriors going into halftime.
Sterling would come out of halftime scoring, as they would cut the Broncos lead to just 14, still trailing 63-49.
But the Broncos get back to their offensive scoring ways with back-to-back threes by Bart Hiscock (SR/Bennington, NE) and Karson Gansebom (FR/Bennington, NE) to give the Broncos a 79-54 lead with 11:21 left in the game.
Back-to-back free throws by Ryan Ierna (SR/Clearwater, FL) would give the Broncos a 33-point lead with 5:04 left in the game.
A three-pointer by Zack Johnson (SR/Las Vegas, NV) got the Broncos to the century mark with 4:10 left in the game.
Hastings eventually got their lead up to 35 with a bucket by Eli Hunter (SR/Grand Island, NE) with 2:39 left on the clock.
When the dust settled, three Broncos finished in double-digits in scoring along with two more Broncos scoring nine. Leading Hastings was Hiscock, tallying 29 points on an almost perfect night of shooting, hitting 9-of-10. Behind him was Lipovsky who got 15 points. The other Broncos with nine or more points were Evan Tricker (SO/Naples, FL) (12), Gansebom (9), and Johnson (9). The Broncos shot an impressive 60 percent from the field.
The Broncos will look to keep this momentum going when they face their first GPAC team when they go on the road to take on the Tigers of Doane University. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT on Nov. 13