Oliver Hayward scored a career high 24 points as Midland College went down 82-64 against Odessa – that’s ten straight games in double figures for the consistent Hayward who has accumulated 241 points this season.
Nate Wilson filled the stats line as South Georgia Tech beat Gordon State 85-59. The former MAGS man bagged 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block to go with 8 points.
Also keeping the statisticians busy was Ezrah Vaigafa as Neosho County went down 71-64 to Allen County. The Wellingtonian had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the loss.
In women’s action Ella Bradley added 6 assists to a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, as Utah State Eastern downed Southern Nevada 75-60. Brooklyn Pouwhare came up with 3 points and 5 rebounds while Maclani Michaelmade 3 points.
Marshalltown suffered consecutive losses this week but Waiaaria Rogers can hold her head high having scored 14 points in the 61-46 defeat at Iowa Central and 13 in the Northeast defeat (64-38).
Jordyn Maddix scored 11 points (3/53PG) but Western Texas were defeated 61-44 by New Mexico. 4 steals in the game from Parehuia Delamere took her tally to 64 for the season and in the top 30 in women’s junior college basketball for that stat.
Also Top-30 in the nation in that statistical category is Te Araroa Sopoaga and she had 3 more, along with 7 rebounds and 8 points, in Cloud County’s 67-57 loss to Dodge City.
Kay-Hauata Phillips scored 6 points in this one and Te Oriwa Tuipolotu 4 points.
Jenna Rose Mafua was outstanding for Dodge City in the win, coming up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
Keeley Tini, with 357 points for Williston State, has the most points by a Kiwi in Junior College basketball this season – she also has the most rebounds (234). Te Araroa Sopoaga is the second best scorer with 324 points, while Sam Jenkins, with 301 points, is the third New Zealander with a triple ton.
Jenkins scored 9 points in her most recent outing when Dawson were sunk by Bismarck 85-71.
Rashaan Smith grabbed 6 rebounds as Western Nebraska accounted for Trinidad Stated 78-64. The former Birkenhead College standout also scored 7 points. Western Nebraska now ranked a heady #4 as they boast a 21-1 record – the highest ranked team with a Kiwi connection.
Next best are #10 College of Southern Idaho with a 25-2 record. Ashlee Strawbridge, Kyra Paniora and their team, clinched the Scenic West Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 92-50 demolition of Colorado Northwestern.
Casper College are ranked #15 – Dejaan Schuler scored 6 points in their recent win against Laramie County (73-59).
Molly Cockburn scored 8 points and Ella Paleaae-Cook 7 as Miles accounted for Lake Region State 62-50.
Briarley Rogers scored 6 points and dished 5 assists as Weatherford defeated Collin 85-77.Central Maine topped the Yankee Conference ahead of the play-offs after defeating Southern Maine 70-61. Harata Coleman scored 3 points while Leata Te Nana-Williams grabbed 7 boards to go with 3 points and 7 assists