The Haskell Men’s Basketball Team Struggles Against One of the Best in the MCAC
By Tyler Jones
Web Editor, @TylerJonesLive
An early Saturday night contest endured in the heartland of America, between two teams looking for victory. The Bruins of Bellevue University trekked into Lawrence for a Men’s Basketball battle against Haskell Indian Nations University at Coffin Sports Complex.
For Haskell, the game meant no pressure, as no one expected them to be able to beat the No. 6 team in the land, Bellevue. For Bellevue, this was the second of two games on the road in a back-to-back and without question was a trap-game.
In the first half, Bellevue was clicking on all cylinders. The Bruins were striking Haskell from the field, shooting 50%. The offense of Bellevue was key from the land of three-pointers, where they found themselves shooting 47%. Even more impressive, Bellevue’s leading scorer in the 1st, Ian Randolph, came off the bench for the Bruins with 21 points. For Haskell in the first, they struggled with their shot choice, shooting 1/7 from the three. Do the math, the 1/7 from three resulted in a whopping 14%. At the end of one, Bellevue led 42-33.
In half number two, Haskell generated more offense and was barely outscored 41-39 in the 2nd. The Indians still struggled to shoot consistently, shooting 35% from the field for the game. Haskell also struggled from downtown, hitting just 18% from three-point range. After a second straight poor performance from three-point range, Coach Kills Crow was asked if his team lives and dies. Crow responded, “Absolutely not. We try to establish our inside game to open up our outside game, but our shooters were not on tonight.”
As points were hard to come by at 35%, Haskell’s top scores included Randy July and Stand Lovato with 15 points each. Also in double-figures was Wilber Everett with 13 points. The final score was an 83-72 win for Bellevue. Officiating was also in question. Both head coaches from each team received technical fouls at one point in the second half. Coach Kills Crow said, “I think it was a very poorly officiated game and probably one of the most poorly officiated games I have been a part of this season.”
For Bellevue, they shot very well from three-point range, 10/23 from behind the arc. Haskell Coach Kills Crow said, “We did not expect them to shoot that well from there. They are well coached and they are quick.” Bellevue’s offense was on display, shooting 45% from the land. Top scorers included Taylor Young and Ian Randolph, with 21 points each. Perry Lemle was also in double-figures with 13 points.
Haskell falls to 5-18 on the year and 3-4 in the MCAC, while Bellevue advances 22-3 and 8-2 in the MCAC. Next week the 6th ranked Bellevue Bruins return home to Nebraska to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Haskell will face-off on the road against Waldorf College in Iowa on Friday, before a rematch in Nebraska against Bellevue next Saturday.