Since the start of 2019, the Hastings boys have gone 4-6 after a six-game losing streak to end the month of December.
Friday, Feb. 1, the Raiders went to Simley and edged the Spartans 67-64 after a major comeback. Hastings trailed Simley 30-17 at halftime but then exploded for 50 second-half points to come out with the victory, thanks primarily to a barrage of 3-pointers by the Raiders.
Senior Isaac Rabaey led the way with 21 points including some big and-1s and free throws down the stretch. Fellow senior Matt Schlottman scored 19 with five 3s, senior Sully Levos added 11 and junior Colby Zak had eight. Fellow junior Trey Swanson scored six points and junior Izzy Arnold had two.
Just days after their tight win over Simley, Hastings fell in a close game to North St. Paul, 68-65, at Hastings High School. The Raiders led 38-34 at halftime and the second half was back-and-forth with the Polars coming away with the win.
Schlottman and Rabaey continued their great play as Schlottman led the team with 25 points and Rabaey added 19. Both Zak and Swanson scored eight points each, Levos had three and Arnold contributed two.
Last Friday, Feb. 8, the Raiders traveled to Tartan where they lost 83-54. Rabaey and Zak were both in double-figures with 14 and 10 points apiece. Schlottman added nine while Levos and Arnold each had six.
The Raiders are 6-13 overall and 4-7 in the Metro East Conference, which has them in sixth. They went to New Prague on Monday, Feb. 11, and then to South St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 12. They host Mahtomedi on Thursday, Feb. 14.
The Hastings girls basketball team won three-out-of-four games in the middle of January, breaking their 11-game losing streak. However, since that four-game stretch they have gone 0-5 in the Metro East Conference.
The Raiders hosted Simley on Friday, Feb. 1 and lost 56-44. They trailed the Spartans 33-19 at halftime before outscoring them 25-23 in the second half, but were unable to force the comeback.
Junior Mallory Brake was the only player in double-figures for Hastings with 11 points. Senior Megan Mattson added nine, sophomore Shea Levos had eight and both freshman Lilly Nuytten and eighth-grader Ashley Fritz scored seven apiece. Senior Megan Tietjen added two points.
Tuesday, Feb. 5's game at North St. Paul was cancelled and will not be made up.
On Friday, Feb. 8, they hosted Tartan and lost 68-59 after leading 31-29 at halftime. Brake had 33 points to lead all scorers, while Fritz scored 11 and Mattson added eight.
The Raiders sit at 3-17 overall and are 2-7 in the MEC, good for sixth place. They hosted South St. Paul on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and then go to Mahtomedi on Friday, Feb. 15.