College basketball: Ridgewater can’t overcome its deficit

ELY — A 20-point halftime deficit proved to be too sizable in the Ridgewater men’s basketball team’s loss to Minnesota North College-Vermilion on Saturday.

The Warriors, who trailed Vermilion 51-31 into the half, lost their fifth game of the season in their 90-67 loss against the Ironhawks.

Ridgewater falls to 5-5 overall and Vermilion improves to 4-7. The Warriors have yet to play a Minnesota College Athletic Conference-South game while the Ironhawks are 1-0 in the MCAC-North.

Quyavant Douglas paced Vermilion. He scored 25 points on 9 of 20 field goals, including five three-pointers. The freshman guard also had 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal.

Vermilion also had four more scorers in the double figures: Darius Mulbah (17), Elijah Wade (15), Jeremy Leonard 13 and JaBryan Smith 10.

Ridgewater’s Que Long and Marwan Abdi combined for 36 points.

Long, a sophomore guard from Enid, Oklahoma, scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Abdi, a sophomore forward from St. Peter, had 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors next compete against Northland Community and Technical College at a to be determined time Friday, Dec. 29, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

MNC-Vermilion 90, Ridgewater 67

Ridgewater (5-5)             31   36 — 67
MNC-Vermilion (4-7)       51   39 — 90

RIDGEWATER – Scoring: Que Long 20, Marwan Abdi 16, Zeq Munoz 10, Aiden Wichmann 7, Noah Wilts 6, Keegan Shrider 4, Khalid Muhumed 2, Maxwell Mobley 2  … 3-point shots: Wichmann 1, Long 1 … Rebound leader: Long 11, Abdi 8 … Assist leader: Shrider 2 … Steal leader: Wichmann 2 … Block leader: Munoz 1, Long 1 

MNC-VERMILION – Scoring: Quyavant Douglas 25, Darius Mulbah 17, Elijah Wade 15, Jeremny Leonard 13, JaBryan Smith 10, D’Andre White 8, Tyson Rogers 2 … 3-point shots: Douglas 5, Wade 3, White 2, Mulbah 1, Smith 1 … Rebound leader: Leonard 11, Douglas 10 … Assist leader: Douglas 6 … Steal leader: Mulbah 2 … Block leader: Leonard 4

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.

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