By Blake Mayes & Alex Marum
North Central’s men’s basketball has been on a tear recently, winning six out of the nine games played in January. This recent hot streak pushed the team’s record to 11-7 at the end of January.
One of the team’s biggest contributors is team co-captain Nate Roeder, a senior youth development major who broke the school’s single game scoring record by scoring 51 points in a thrilling 99-92 victory at Crown College on Jan. 19.
“God is good,” said Roeder. “It’s a big blessing. Winning the game makes breaking the record even sweeter. I could not have done it without my team- mates and my coach.”
Roeder attributed the team’s recent winning streak to learning how to win tight games.
“Early in the season we would lose the close games. We are learning to win games down the stretch,” said Roeder.
The team is looking forward to the rest of the season while owning second place in the UMAC conference at the time of this printing.
Though the season may not be going the way they hoped it would, the players on the women’s basketball team take solace in the fact that they are winning the games that they know they should.
The Rams are 4-13 overall, and 1-7 in conference play.
“It is a tough conference right now,” said freshman secondary education major Jamie High, “but the team has the talent that they need to play better together.”
The team is looking forward to the second half of the season, specifically toward conference matchups. In UMAC conference play, each team will play every other UMAC team twice. The Lady Rams hope that knowing how the teams have played recently will help them form new techniques to beat them.
Overall, the team has a good, fun atmosphere, and the players have great personalities both on and off the court.
“It’s a great season so far, and I can’t wait to be in the second half of the conference play,” said High.