Hastings (Neb.) Stuns No. 9 Midland (Neb.) in Overtime
By: Adam Maser, Hastings (Neb.) Sports Information Director
HASTINGS, Neb. - In front of a raucous crowd along with plenty of controversy, the Hastings College men's basketball team utilized everything it had to come from behind to upset Midland 94-93 in overtime Wednesday night at Lynn Farrell Arena.
With Hastings trailing 82-80, Galen Guille was fouled by Zach Lenagh with 10.4 seconds remaining. Guille only made one of two shots just a few seconds ago and once again would only make one of two giving life to the Broncos.
Hastings was looking to get Brady Lollman a look but Midland guarded him well and forced him to drop the pass off to Brett Wells. He didn't even hesitate taking the 3-pointer from the top of the key and draining it to tie the game at 83-83 to force OT and sent the crowd into a frenzy.
After coming from behind again in OT, Hastings caught a break as Ben Imig took the ball baseline by stepped on the line turning the ball over to the Broncos with just :32 remaining.
Hastings would work for one final shot and would work the ball inside to Tobin Reinwald but his shot would miss. Wells came up with the huge offensive board and was fouled by Guille with just 1.7 seconds remaining.
Wells would calmly knock down the first free-throw and after a timeout he would purposely miss the second as Midland would be unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sending the student section to storm the court.
From the get go the student section was having some fun with the Midland players but it didn't faze them much as Midland was able to slowly build a lead in the first half of play.
Hastings had the game to within one point at 35-34 after Brady Lollman knocked down back-to-back free throws before Midland would close the half on a 14-1 run.
The Broncos trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half before beginning its comeback bid. Hastings trailed by eight with under a minute remaining before back-to-back three-pointers cut the deficit to just three setting up the incredible ending.
Reinwald led all scorers with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting including 2-for-3 from downtown. Lollman added 23 points as Wells had 18 points and nine boards. Jake Hamburger had 14 points while Ibou Fall finished with 11.
The Warriors were led by Imig as he finished with 23 points on 6-for-14 shooting including 3-for-6 from behind the arc.
With the win, Hastings improves to 14-5 (8-2) on the season and will be back in action Saturday Jan. 18 as Morningside comes to town with tip-off set for 4:00 p.m. at Lynn Farrell Arena.