By Tyler Jones @TylerJonesLive
Bellevue, NEB- After a disappointing 8-22 regular season and a 6-8 conference season in the MCAC, the end was near for Haskell Men’s Basketball. The Indians were looking to finish strong and rebound from their previous losses to Waldorf College earlier in the season. If Haskell could find a way to win, they would find themselves playing for an MCAC North Championship.
For York College, they entered Friday night with an impressive 10-4 MCAC record and 14-14 overall. Waldorf was on upset alert though, as Haskell already had two Top 25 wins earlier in the season, each against College of the Ozarks.
Waldorf jumped off to a fast start in the first half, leading 40-33. Waldorf shot an impressive 60% in the first to fuel their 40 point half. By halftime, Trey Scott and Jordan Nelson were already in double-figures with 11 points from Scott and 10 points from Nelson.
At the half, Haskell was down, but not out. Haskell dominated Waldorf on the boards, leading 21-12. Haskell managed to shoot 40% from field in the first, off of their 33 point effort. Wilber Everett led Haskell in scoring in the first with 8 points, followed by 7 points from Duelle Gore.
In the second, Haskell emerged with a comeback, shooting 75% from the field. After trailing by 10 in the second, Haskell took their first lead of the game at the 7:07 mark. From there on out, it was back and forth until the very end, as the lead changed hands five times.
With 1:11 to go, Randy July put Haskell ahead 76-75. MCAC Player of the Year Jordan Nelson responded for Waldorf though, hitting a go-ahead jumper to put York on top 77-76 with :37 left. Needing a basket to take the lead, Coach Chad Kills Crow subbed-out Randy July for Sophomore Zack Bruns. Later though, Bruns would turn the ball over, which led to a foul and free throw to push York ahead 79-76 for the victory.
For Waldorf, Trey Scott came through with 28 points, followed by 18 points from Jordan Nelson and 14 points from Erik Brewer. York committed just 15 turnovers and shot total of 53% for the game in their path to victory.
Four players were in double-figures for Haskell, led by Randy July with 21 points. Following July was Everett with 16 points, Gore with 15 points and Dallas Rudd with 10 points. Haskell shot 55% from the field for the game, but committed 22 turnovers. Haskell also led Waldorf in rebounding, 33-23.
For Waldorf, they move to 15-14 overall on the season. On Saturday, Waldorf will square-off in the MCAC North Division Championship. If Waldorf wins Saturday, they will advance to the MCAC Championship Game next week, for a spot in the NAIA Division II Tournament. The season for Haskell, the season is virtually over. Haskell ends their 2014-15 campaign at 8-23 on the year.
Haskell Indian Nations vs Waldorf College 2/27/15 5:00 p.m. at Bellevue, Neb. At Bellevue, Neb. WALDORF COLLEGE 79, HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS 76 HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS (8-23) July, Randy 9-16 2-2 21; Everett, Wilber 6-10 4-6 16; Gore, Duelle 6-10 0-0 15; Rudd, Dallas 5-8 0-0 10; Sequoyah, Tsalidi 3-4 2-4 8; Middleton, Marcus 2-2 1-1 6; Johnson, A'Ram 0-1 0-0 0; Bruns, Zack 0-4 0-0 0; Tiger-Cortez, D. 0-1 0-0 0; Moudy, Joe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-56 9-13 76. WALDORF COLLEGE (15-14) Trey Scott 10-20 6-8 28; Jordan Nelson 7-12 4-4 18; Erik Brewer 6-11 2-4 14; Michael Morgan 2-3 1-2 5; Tyler Parrish 2-4 0-0 5; Devin Graham 2-3 0-0 4; Kaimen Slay 1-4 0-0 3; Kaden Verdin 1-1 0-0 2; DJ Walton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 13-18 79. Haskell Indian Nations........ 33 43 - 76 Waldorf College............... 40 39 - 79 3-point goals--Haskell Indian Nations 5-10 (Gore, Duelle 3-3; Middleton, Marcus 1-1; July, Randy 1-5; Bruns, Zack 0-1), Waldorf College 4-15 (Trey Scott 2-8; Kaimen Slay 1-3; Tyler Parrish 1-2; Devin Graham 0-1; Erik Brewer 0-1). Fouled out--Haskell Indian Nations-None, Waldorf College-None. Rebounds--Haskell Indian Nations 33 (Gore, Duelle 6), Waldorf College 23 (Jordan Nelson 6). Assists--Haskell Indian Nations 22 (Everett, Wilber 8), Waldorf College 21 (Kaimen Slay 5; Michael Morgan 5). Total fouls--Haskell Indian Nations 9, Waldorf College 10. Technical fouls--Haskell Indian Nations-None, Waldorf College-None. A-125 MCAC North Tournament semifinal No. 3 Haskell Indian Nations University vs. No. 2 Waldorf College