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Central Men's Basketball

Nathan Frost rises above a Peru State defender for a jump shot in the lane during a game on Nov. 5. Frost scored 33 points for the second straight game in a win over Hastings College JV on Monday. 

Nathan Frost scored 33 points for the second straight game and recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Monday to help Central Community College-Columbus men's basketball defeat Hastings JV 106-79.

Central started out cold and trailed 50-46 at halftime. The Raiders eventually got on track in the second half and took a 55-52 lead on a Frost three-point play two minutes into the period. Frost also grabbed 12 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end and now leads the team with a scoring average of 17.9 points per game.

Coach John Ritzdorf said Frost had "a monster game" but was hoping for a better start from his group overall.

"I would say the first 20 minutes wasn't very good," he said. "We didn't guard in the first half. We knew they were a team full of shooters and we kind of let them play to their strengths which was disappointing.

"But, in the second half I was really proud of how we responded, and we picked up the defensive intensity, which I think really helped us on the offensive end as well. Offensively we played really well, it was just defensively we struggled to start the game." 

Roman Behrens also finished with a double-double, scoring 26 points and dishing out 11 assists. He shot 10 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc. 

Tre Mikkelsen scored 13 shooting 3 of 6 from 3-point range, and Dwight Glover came off the bench for 11. 

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Central connected on 13 of 29 3-pointers.

"We were taking good shots," Ritzdorf said. "I thought we had really good pace on the offensive end. When you're taking good shots you're going to make more of them. I didn't feel like we forced too many things on the offensive end. We did a good job sharing the ball.

"I've been really pleased with how our team recognizes who's playing well and who needs to keep getting touches.We did that again last night."

While the weather may change the scheduled plans, Central is expected to compete in the North Iowa Area Community College Thanksgiving Basketball Challenge on Saturday and Sunday in Mason City, Iowa. 

The Raiders will face two teams that have beaten them already this season, playing Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday and No. 2 North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) on Sunday. 

Central faced NIACC last Friday and lost 111-82 and lost to Iowa Lakes CC on Nov. 9 92-78.  

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com 

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