NPCC holds off McCook for Sophomore Night victory

The Men’s game came down to the buzzer but the Knights edge the Indians for a win
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Our two local community colleges squared off on the basketball court earlier this evening. The Indians of McCook made their way to North Platte for a rivalry game that’s never lacking in energy. The first match-up of the night saw the Lady Knights attempt to avenge a loss to McCook from earlier this month.

NPCC scored the first points of the game, by way of a Kayla Pope inbound pass that resulted in a baseline layup for Amber Wolever. A few minutes later, Jennessy Aragon-Dennis poured in a three-pointer from the corner, and NPCC held a first quarter lead. McCook quickly regrouped and took control of the contest, though. The Lady Indians lit up the scoreboard in the second half to win by a final score of 63-42.

The Men’s teams took the court after the conclusion of the first game. NPCC enjoyed a second half lead, but McCook kept fighting until they evened the score down the stretch. With a one point lead and just over a minute to play, German Plotnikov sliced through the defense for a layup, extending his team’s lead to three. The 6′6 Freshman from Belarus proceeded to score the next four Knight points at the free throw line, keeping the Indians at bay. McCook had a chance to force overtime at the buzzer, but William Lee’s three-point attempt fell harmlessly into the arms of Slavomyr Marchenko, who collapsed on the floor in celebration. The rest of the team quickly joined him in celebrating the squad’s 65-62 Sophomore Night victory.

The Knights return to action on Friday against Otero Junior College, while the Indians will battle Trinidad State on the same day.

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