Wednesday’s matchup between the Hastings College men’s basketball team and No. 14 Doane was more than just a conference rivalry game. It was a battle between two of the most surprising teams in the GPAC so far — teams that entered the game with a combined record of 17-1 after they were picked to finish in 10th (Doane) and a tie for sixth (Hastings) in the GPAC preseason poll by the league’s coaches.
The Bronco defense frustrated the Tigers, who turned the ball over 21 times, as HC went on to upset Doane 80-73 at Lynn Farrell Arena.
“Defensively, coach (Miah) Slough had a heck of a game plan. This was his scout, and he was phenomenal with it,” Hastings College coach Lance Creech of the Bronco assistant coach. “All the credit in the world goes to him and the rest of our guys who executed it.”
Creech wanted his players to be physical with the Tigers (9-1) and match up against their scorers. Doane came into the game with two players averaging more than 20 points per game. HC (9-1) held one of those two, freshman Connor Beranek, scoreless in the first half.