HASTINGS, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s basketball was left short-handed yet again on Wednesday, and despite their best efforts, the Warriors were outscored for the fifth-consecutive game.
The Warriors (10-18, 5-12 GPAC) tried hard to muster a second-half comeback attempt, but couldn’t dig themselves out of a big hole as they fell 88-70 to the Hastings College Broncos (18-11, 9-10 GPAC).
Midland fell behind early and trailed for the entirety of the game, but the Warriors didn’t fade away without putting up a fight.
A 17-7 run for Midland during the middle stages of the second half cut the Hastings lead down to eight points, but that was as close as the margin would get before Hastings finished off the 18-point victory.
With juniors Isaiah Workman and Bryce Parsons unavailable for the game, the Warriors ran with just seven players, but managed to keep the game as close as possible, putting themselves in striking distance in the second half.
Midland stayed close mostly by way of good three-point shooting as the Warriors finished 13-37 (35.1 percent) from behind the arc, with 10 of those threes coming in the second half. Hastings, however, shot just as well as Midland as the Broncos were 15-35 (49.9 percent) from deep.
Midland was led in scoring by freshman Malik Martin’s 26 points on 10-21 shooting from the field. Closely behind him was senior Reggie Gradwell, who finished with 20 points by way of shooting 6-10 from three-point range.
Gradwell nearly notched a double-double as he finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
Sophomore Laurence Merritt was the other Warrior in double figures as he came off the bench to net 11 points while adding three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in a career-high 30 minutes of action.
Hastings put together a balanced scoring attack as five different Broncos scored in double figures. Bart Hiscock led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Ben Wahlberg (16), Brendan Lipovsky (14), Shane Chamberlain (13), and Eli Hunter (11) were the other double-digit scorers for the Broncos.
Hastings dominated Midland in a handful of categories, including bench points as a result of the Warriors being short-handed. Hastings’ bench outscored Midland’s 32-17, and the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors 42-29 while also dishing out 23 assists compared to just nine for Midland.
With the GPAC Tournament out of reach, the Warriors have just one more game left with a chance to end the season on a high-note and halt their current five-game losing streak.
Midland hosts the Northwestern College Red Raiders (16-12, 10-9 GPAC) this Saturday, February 16, to close out the 2018-19 regular season. The Warriors narrowly took down the Red Raiders in the season’s first meeting with a 74-73 victory in Orange City, Iowa. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 4:00 p.m. Senior Day festivities will take after the women’s game prior.