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Broncos bow up against best opponents

Hastings College head coach Bill Gavers shouts instructions, Jan. 30, 2018, during a practice at Kiewit Gym (KHGI)

Bill Gavers and his Broncos squad was really put to the test these past couple weeks, facing three Top–25 programs and the fourth (Concordia) was receiving votes. The Broncos won all three against the ranked opponents.

The biggest of those wins came against fourth-ranked Briar Cliff, where Hastings College shot 58% from the field, plus an astonishing 61% behind the arc, despite ranking 6th in the conference when it comes to shooting.

So perhaps the biggest credit to the wins goes to the Broncos tightening down on defense.

"Defensively for us, we guarded the arc extremely well in our three wins. We just held Dak(ota) Wes(leyan) to 0 for 12 from the arc. A lot of that was we got there on the catch," Gavers said.

They have also shown a knack all season for being good on the glass; Hastings ranks tenth in the NAIA-II with a 7.83 rebound margin in their favor.

"We are owning the glass, and in our league, if you can do that, you're limiting people to one shot and you're getting second shot opportunities," said Gavers.

The next challenge comes Wednesday night at No. 9 Morningside before hosting the same Mustangs, Saturday at Lynn Farrell Arena, with a 4 p.m. tipoff.

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