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MCC men struggle in loss to North Platte

Monday, February 4, 2013

Steve Kodad/McCook Daily Gazette Tony Lester (4) of McCook Community College sneaks past North Platte C.C. defender Ethan Montalvo (15) as Lester gets ready to shoot during men's college basketball action at the MCC Events Center Jan. 29. McCook dropped a 63-47 decision to the Knights.
It's probably a safe bet that the McCook Community College men's basketball team won't win many games scoring under 50 points.

The Indians suffered from cool shooting against a strong North Platte C.C. squad Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the MCC Events Center. The result was a 63-47 MCC loss in the Region IX South Sub-Region contest.

McCook suffered its sixth straight loss to fall to 5-15 overall and 1-9 in sub-region action. North Platte leads the sub-region with a 6-2 mark. The Knights are 16-4 overall.

MCC head coach Brandon Lenhart gave credit to Tuesday's opponent for a strong performance.

"Definitely a credit to North Platte Community College -- it wasn't that we didn't make shots, they forced us into some tough shots, they contested everything," Lenhart said. "Defensively they were always around the basketball. They were just a lot better than we were tonight. They totally dominated every category in this game."

"We have the tools but we don't have the toughness," Lenhart said. "We don't do the little things. If we don't do the little things, it's going to be a long night if the (opponent) does everything they're supposed to do. (North Platte) is a good team. They know who they are, they know their identity and they serve it well."

The first half was key for the North Platte win. The Knights steadily increased the gap in the opening 20 minutes, taking a 38-23 lead at intermission. MCC was outscored by just one points, 25-24, in the second half.

McCook had one scorer in double figures, Antwaun Boyd with 10 points. Tony Dobbinson, nursing an ankle injury, had 8 points, well below his season average of nearly 20 points per contest.

Dominique McKinzie grabbed 11 rebounds to pace MCC.

North Platte was led by Reath Jiech and Tim Simmons with 17 points each.

MCC shot just 31.1 percent from the floor, hitting 18 of 57 field goal attempts. North Platte was 26 for 60 for 43.1 percent.

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