The Hastings College men's basketball team is in the midst of an important stretch in its schedule. Wednesday's matchup against Midland was the fourth of five consecutive games where HC's opponent was receiving votes or ranked in the top 25. Both Midland and Hastings are receiving votes in the latest poll.
Senior Brady Lollman said the Broncos treated Wednesday's game as a must win. That attitude was reflected on the court.
Hastings College overcame a second-half charge by Midland to defeat the Warriors 87-75 at Lynn Farrell Arena in a matchup of two teams receiving votes in this week's NAIA Division II top-25 poll.
"(This victory) just brings new life. (Midland) is a team that still has a game lead on us, but it gives an opportunity to get back on our feet," said HC head coach Lance Creech, whose team improved to 18-7 overall and 9-6 in the GPAC. "We haven't lost two games in a row all year, and I think that says a lot about our kids' character. After the adversity they've gone through early on, they keep fighting and keep getting better and keep maturing. That win is a huge confidence booster for us right now."
Hastings is still in fifth place in the conference standings, but the Broncos are now just 1/2 game behind Midland (15-9, 9-6) and 1 1/2 games behind Doane and Dordt, which are both 11-5 in GPAC play.