The North Platte Community College men’s basketball team suffered its sixth loss of the season at the hands of Southeast Community College on Saturday afternoon, 92-81.
Saturday’s game saw three ties and five lead changes as the Knights and Storm battled back-and-forth in the opening five minutes of the first half. Tied 10-10, a Storm 6-0 run gave the road team the 16-10 advantage and a little momentum with 12:03 to play in the first half.
The Knights hit the reset button and made a charge to regain the lead, as a Jevarrick Butler connected on a corner three to give the lead back to the Knights, 17-16.
The Knights and the Storm continued to trade baskets and the lead for the next ten minutes, before a late run by the Knights gave them the lead. Trailing 36-35, German Plotnikov connected on a pair of free throws which provided a spark for the Knights and propelled them to outscore the Storm 10-5 for the advantage at the break, 45-41.
In the second half, the Storm quickly made a charge at the deficit in the opening minutes. Leading 53-52, the Knights momentum began to switch as the Storm went on an 8-0 run to retake the lead with 13:07 to play.
The Storm quickly pushed their lead to double digits over the next five minutes, leading 70-60 with 8:13 to play. The Southeast lead climbed to fifteen inside two minutes before Steven Garcia hit two threes.
The visiting Storm added one final bucket in the closing seconds to take the victory over the Knights, 92-81.
Plotnikov led the Knights in scoring totaling 22 points in thirty-six minutes of action. Trevon Dennis led the Knights on the glass with seven rebounds to go along with his 14 points.
The Knights (2-6, 1-1 NCCAC) will hit the road next weekend to take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday.