The North Platte Community College Knights defeated the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen 74-72 on Wednesday evening at the McDonald – Belton Gymnasium.
Sophomore guard Godfrey Rolle hit a put back with 0.1 seconds left in the ball game.
The Knights led the Plainsmen 72-67 in the final seconds. The Plainsmen Keishon Parker made a layup with 12 seconds to go. On the inbound Jazz Parker intercepted the pass and passed the ball to Keishon Parker who tied the game up with a three-pointer at 72. Trajan Harris drove the length of the court and put up a shot that fell short. The ball came down into the hands of Rolle, who put up the game winner in the middle of the lane.
The Knights started out slow, allowing the Plainsmen to jump out to a 9-2 lead. The Knights rallied back and went on a 13-5 run to take their first lead at 15-14.
There were six lead changes in the first half. The Knights held a 33-32 lead at halftime.
The Plainsmen took the lead for their final time at 41-39. The Knights took back the lead at 42-41 after a couple of free throws by Harris.
The Knights held the lead for the remainder of the half until the tie at the end of the game.
The Knights even up their record at 6-6 on the season and are 3-2 in the Region IX South Sub-Region. Aaron Ridley led all scorers with 27 points. Atem Ajeng and Buom Duboul each added 10 points for the Knights. Rolle and Duboul each had 10 rebounds.
The Plainsmen are 8-9 on the season and 2-5 in the South Sub-Region. Keishon Parker led four Plainsmen in scoring with 16 points. Ron Hall finished with 14 points; Ibrahim Dodo and Marcus Burwell each had 13 points. Mohammed Elradi led the Plainswomen with seven rebounds.
The Knights will host Division II and Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponent Central Community College at 4 pm.
The game will be livestreamed at www.npccknights.com.