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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Thresher men hold off MCC

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  • The Bethel College men’s basketball team kept getting double-digit leads against Manhattan Christian Monday night at Thresher Gym. Then the visiting Crusaders would bite, claw, scratch, clutch, grab and scrap back into the game. Bethel finally put the game away in the closing minutes for a 99-88 win. It was the highest offensive output for the Threshers since beating Grace Bible College 101-85 Dec. 30, 2005. “We knew they were a pretty good shooting team,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “They took some long shots that went in. They aren’t a bad team. They are well coached and disciplined. On the defensive end, they are pretty scrappy. Everytime we got a lead on them, they hit from outside. The same thing happened to us over the weekend. We were more successful than we were over the weekend of getting out of those situations.” The game was Bethel’s third in four days, but Jamison said the team handled that challenge well. “They are basketball players,” Jamison said. “They’ve been out conditioning since September. I don’t think that was ever an issue.” The Threshers were led by Ronnie Hodge with 27 points, followed by Adam Arciniega with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Alonzo Haywood scored 17 points, 13 in the second half. Lee Griffin scored 12 points. “We have to get better at defense,” Hodge said. “They have a lot of good shooters. We took some good shots tonight. It feels great to get this first win. We won by double-digits. They were a scrappy team. It was not an easy win. It was a hard-fought win.” Hodge comes to Bethel from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., via Hawaii Pacific University and Brown Mackie College in Salina. He averaged 4.9 points a game for Hawaii Pacific, an NCAA Division II school. “Two years ago, I played with Francis Flax at Brown Mackie,” Hodge said. “He told me that coach Jamison was hired here. Coach Jamison has a lot of overseas connections, and I have aspirations of playing overseas. I love Kansas basketball, the atmosphere.” Hodge is a senior with just one year of eligibility remaining. He is majoring in business. “I just want to win games,” Hodge said. “I don’t have any individual goals. I just want to win a championship. I was here two years ago, I knew what to expect. The guys here are great.” Manhattan Christian, 1-5, was led by Lonnie Penner, a Berean Academy grad, and Josh Camacho with 16 points each. Sage Ruis scored 15 points, followed by Jack Mitchell with 13 points, Matt Doerksen with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Alex Hammack with 12 points. Bethel jumped out 7-2 early, but MCC quickly reeled the Threshers back in. Up 20-18, Bethel made a 14-2 run. MCC replied with a 6-0 run, aided by Bethel turnovers, but the Threshers pulled back out by 13 at the half, 42-29. Manhattan Christian got as close as seven in the second half, but the Threshers made a run to lead by as many as 16. The Crusaders started hitting from the outside, pulling to within four with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Bethel replied with treys from Haywood and Hodge. A Griffin trey with 3:05 in regulation put Bethel up by 12. After a pair of MCC free throw misses, Haywood hit a layup. Friday at the Concordia Cattle Classic, Bethel lost to York 1112-89. Bethel trailed 50-41 at the half. Desmond Strickland scored 19 points for Concordia, followed by Andrea Vaughn with 17, Marcus Johnson with 17, Mike Buffalo with 14, Dylan Brewer with 12 and Thadd Varmell with 12. For Bethel, Arciniega scored 33 points with 11 rebounds, followed by Hodge with 17 points and Griffin with 14 points. Saturday, Bethel fell to host Concordia 72-70. Bethel led 40-33 at the half. For Concordia, Porter Birtell scored 17 points, followed by Brian Towner with 15, Adam Vogt with 10 and Charles Dunbar with 10. For Bethel, Hodge scored 222 points, followed by Arciniega with 15 and Griffin with 12. Bethel, 1-3, plays Bacone at 5 p.m. Friday at the Friends Classic in Wichita. Bethel plays Benedictine at 2 p.m. Saturday. “We haven’t put a full 20 minutes together, which means we haven’t put a full 40 minutes together,” Jamison said. “I’m happy with the progress we made. The potential is there. ... We get to hone in more on the defensive end. We’ll get some shooting in. Then we’ll go out and play our next game.”Monday’s game MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN (1-5) — Mitchell 5-13 2-2 13, Ruis 5-11 1-2 15, Hammack 5-15 2-6 12, Penner 6-13 2-2 16, Morrow 0-0 0-0 0, Childers 0-1 0-0 0, Camacho 6-13 2-2 16, Doerksen 6-9 1-2 3, Jackson 0-1 1-2 1, Birtell 1-3 0-0 2, TOTALS 34-79 11-18 88. BETHEL (1-3) — Watson III 1-3 4-4 6, Arciniega 8-16 6-9 23, Eicher 3-3 2-2 8, Griffin 3-8 5-5 12, Hodge 9-14 4-6 27, Haywood 7-11 2-3 17, Green 1-1 0-0 2, Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Cape 0-0 0-0 0, Benton 0-3 0-0 0, Moore 1-6 0-0 2, TOTALS 34-66 23-29 99. Man.Chr. 29 59 —88 Bethel 42 57 —99 Total fouls — MCC 24, BC 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — MCC: Hammack. 3-point shooting — MCC 9-25 (Mitchell 1-4, Ruis 4-8, Hammack 0-2, Penner 2-7, Camacho 2-3, Doerksen 0-1), BC 8-17 (Watson III 0-2, Arciniega 1-1, Griffin 1-1, Hodge 5-8, Haywood 1-3, Moore 0-2). Rebounds — MCC 42 (Doerksen 12), BC 43 (Arciniega 13). Assists — MCC 16 (Mitchell 6, Penner 6), BC 23 (Arciniega 8). Turnovers — MCC 15 (Hammack 4), BC 19 (Arciniega 6). Blocked shots — MCC 0, BC 4 (Benton 4). Steals — MCC 9 (Camacho 9), BC 7 (Arciniega 4). Friday’s game BETHEL (0-2) — Arciniega 12-18 9-11 33, Eicher 2-7 4-6 8, Griffin 6-13 2-3 14, Regehr 0-0 0-0 0, Hodge 6-12 4-5 18, Watson III 1-3 0-0 2, Green 1-2 0-0 2, Cape 4-8 0-0 8, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 2-3 0 -0 4, Kingsley 0-3 0-0 0, TOTALS 34-66 19-25 89. YORK (4-1) — Strickland 7-16 0-0 19, Brewer 5-9 2-2 12, Johnson 7-9 3-6 17, Varmall 4-7 3-4 12, Osayande 3-4 0-0 6, Marshall 1-3 0-0 2, Campbell 2-3 0-0 4, Buffalo 7-10 0-3 14, Johnson 3-5 1-4 8, Ahart 0-0 0-0 0, Casey 0-0 1-2 1, Monaghan 0-1 0-0 0, Larobina 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 45-74 14-27 112. Bethel 41 48 —89 York 50 62 —112 Total fouls — BC 19, YC 24. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 2-11 (Arciniega 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Hodge 2-5, Watson III 0-1, Kingsley 0-3), YC 8-19 (Strickland 5-12, Brewer 0-1. Varmall 1-2, Marshall 0-2, Vaughn 1-1, Johnson 1-1). Rebounds — BC 33 (Arciniega 11), YC 36 (Varmall 9). Assists — BC 11 (Griffin 3), YC 23 (Strickland 7). Turnovers — BC 24 (Griffin 8), YC 16 (Varmall 6). Blocked shots — BC 1 (Hodge 1), YC 1 (Varmall 1). Steals — BC 7 (Griffin 4), YC 17 (Strickland 6). Saturday’s game BETHEL (0-3) — Watson III 4-6 0-0 9, Arciniega 6-12 2-2 15, Eicher 3-7 0-0 7, Griffin 3-8 6-9 12, Hodge 7-15 3-5 22, Green 1-3 0-0 3, Cape 1-1 0-0 2, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 25-53 11-16 70. CONCORDIA (Neb.) (3-1) — Towner 6-11 2-6 15, Birtell 5-8 7-8 17, Vogt 4-8 0-0 10, Haywood 3-9 0-0 6, Dunbar 5-9 0-2 10, Friederich 4-6 0-0 8, Werning 0-2 0-0 0, Houchin 2-2 3-3 7, Chrzan 0-3 0-1 0, TOTALS 29=58 12-20 73. Bethel 40 30 —70 Concordia 33 40 —72 Total fouls — BC 20, CU 16. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 9-17 (Watson III 1-2, Arciniega 1-1, Eicher 1-1, Hodge 5-11, Green 1-2), CU 3-16 (Towner 1-1, Vogt 2-5, Haywood 0-4, Dunbar 0-1, Werning 0-2, Chrzen 0-3). Rebounds — BC 32 (Watson III 9, Arciniega 9), CU 32 (Birtell 9). Assists — BC 13 (Griffin 7), CU 19 (Dunbar 9). Turnovers — BC 13 (Arciniega 6), CU 9 (Towner 3). Blocked shots — BC 5 (Benton 2), CU 1 (Chzran 1). Steals — BC 4 (Watson III 2), CU 8 (Towner 2, Dunbar 2).  
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