Red Hawks lose close game to Northwest Christian

Simpson University Sports News


Redding, Calif. - The Red Hawk faithful got a glimpse of the Simpson Red Hawks men’s basketball team (0-5) Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the team’s home opener against the Northwest Christian Beacons (2-2). It was a display of both teams offensive firepower but NWC eventually got the best of Simpson in the 71-67 victory.

NWC was a low-post oriented team, with several big bodies that dominated the offensive and defensive boards. Simpson’s quickness and versatility created problems for the bigger Beacon defense.

The first half saw NWC jump out to an early lead behind point guard Ben Voogd’s penetration into the key and acrobatic lay-ups around the hoop. Simpson countered with its spark-plug off the bench in Josh Sidener, who upon entering the game hit two three’s and a fast break acrobatic layup of his own. Simpson entered halftime down by only two points 34-32.

The second half began where the first half left off. Both teams continued to battle each other with their competing style of play. Simpson’s athletic wingman Justin Sparks penetrated into the middle of the NWC defense. The Beacons countered with a combination of Andrew Miller in the low post and Erick Quick-Warner from beyond the arc.

The final two minutes were frenzied as both teams answered each other with big shots. Pat Magno hit a deep three with 1:37 left in regulation to tie the game. The Beacons answered, however, hitting the next two consecutive shots after a Simpson turnover. Eventually, free throws would seal the game for NWC.

The Red Hawks were led by Sparks’ 21 points. Andrew Schritter also contributed 11 points on 2-of-3 three-point shooting. Magno and Jason Stubbs also had 10 apiece.

NWC guards Erik Quick-Warner and Ben Voogd paced the Beacons with 16 points each. Andrew Miller’s solid all-around performance of 13 points and seven rebounds also aided their effort.

Simpson travels to Southern California to face West Coast Baptist College on Nov. 13, and The Masters College on Nov. 14. Game times for both games are 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
(530) 226-4731