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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cardinals end the year with a pair of victories


The North Idaho College men’s basketball team closed out the pre-season by winning two of three games Dec. 28-30 at the Aztec Winter Classic at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

In the tournament opener, sophomore Nate Pryor poured in a game-high 38 points, but it wasn’t enough as several of the Cardinals’ players battled illness paired with cold shooting in a 127-80 loss to the host Aztecs. It was NIC’s first loss of the season and the first since Dec. 27, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.

The Cards shook off the lopsided loss the following day to post an 89-82 victory over Central Arizona. Down 38-39 at the half, NIC outscored the Vaqueros 51-43 in the final 20 minutes. Sophomore Jaden Dewar led four players in double figures with 21 points. Sophomore Phillip Malatare added 18 points to along with 5 assists. Sophomore James Carlson tossed in 15, and Nate Pryor 13. Sophomore Joey Naccarato was a force inside grabbing a game-high 13 boards as the Cards outrebounded Central Arizona 53-33.

Monday’s tournament finale was a back and forth affair as North Idaho claimed an 88-84 victory over Cochise College. Sophomore Emmitt Taylor III, under the weather all weekend long, found his shooting touch for a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers. Taylor also hit two key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Sophomore Yusuf Mohamed tossed in 17 points off the bench while Jaden Dewar added 12. Nate Pryor was outstanding, setting up his teammates by contributing 12 assists. The Cardinals, now 12-1, open NWAC action Thursday night at Christianson Gymnasium against the Vikings of Big Bend Community College at 7:30 p.m.

If you can’t make the game you can catch all the action on NIC’s live streaming webcast found on

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Head Men's Basketball Coach, Corey Symons
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