Men's College Basketball: Hibbing defeats Raiders as regular season ends
For Central Lakes College, security was a good thing to have on Saturday.
Despite a 90-79 loss to Hibbing in the regular-season finale, the Raiders maintain the No. 2 seed in the North Division heading into the MCAC state/Region 13 tournament.
Though things remained close through the first five minutes, the Cardinals hit a 14-3 run with the help of Sam Willis, who led Hibbing with 26 points.
Following a tip-in by Central Lakes’ John Jedneak to break the run, Jerry Pratt glided in from the baseline for a slam that put Hibbing up 36-23 with three minutes to go.
Jedneak answered with a put-back dunk a minute later before Central Lakes went into the half down 40-30.
The second stanza saw a dramatic increase in offense from both teams, with Hibbing hitting 5-9 from behind the arc while Central Lakes made 17-22 from behind the stripe.
Despite the Raiders getting a combined 49 points from Jedneak, Quincy Bethea, and Alex Koch, their offense became muddled by missed fast break opportunities and a lack of rebounding.
Marcellis Beard finished with 25 points for Hibbing off of 8-13 shooting.
“Being as we’re already locked into the No. 2 seed, and Hibbing was fighting for their playoff hopes, it mattered more to them,” said Raiders head coach Jim Russell. “Every (Hibbing) player went in wanting to win that game, and they outplayed us.”
The Cardinals fell to the Raiders by 10 on Jan. 25.
Looking forward, Russell was optimistic about the Raiders’ chances in the postseason against No. 3 South Division seed Minnesota West on Friday. “
That’s going to be a half-court game, they’re going to make us prove we can make shots,” Russell said.
“To me, there’s three seasons,” he added. “The preseason, conference play, and playoffs. Now that the postseason is starting, everybody’s record is 0-0 again. We need to show up hungry and play smart and as a team.”
Hibbing 40 50 - 90
Central Lakes 30 49 - 79
Marcellis Beard 25, Beau Howard 2, Sam Willis 26, Tevin Beards 12, Tory Mason Jr. 4, Jerry Pratt 12, Malachi Ireland-Covington 6, Noah Davis 3. FG 30-46 (65 percent), FT 20-28 (71 percent). 3-point 10-19 (53 percent).
Benji Subah 3, Marcus Brown 3, Nathan Holm 6, Bryan Gichaba 9, Quincy Bethea 16, John Jedneak 18, Herbert Tarpeh 6, Alex Koch 15. FG 23-73 (32 percent), FT 27-38 (71 percent). 3-point 6-27 (22 percent). Division: 10-4. Overall: 16-11. Next: vs. Minnesota West in MCAC state/Region 13 tournament 3 p.m. Friday at Anoka.