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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Thresher men edged by Central

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  • McPHERSON — The rematch was a lot like the first meeting between the Bethel College men’s basketball team and Central Christian College. Bethel kept falling behind, catching up and falling behind again, before Central came away with a 73-68 win Tuesday in McPherson. Central improves to 8-0, while Bethel falls to 1-6. Bethel played the two closest games the Tigers have faced this season. “Every once in a while, you run into a team that you match up well with,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “That’s what happened when we faced this team. Our last couple of games, we dug ourselves a hole. We can’t do that. We were good enough to come back, but we never took a lead. We have enough to stay in the game, just not enough to get over the hump. Still, I can’t fault our effort. We took punches and gave punches. The biggest thing for us in the game was free throws — we were just 10 of 18. We would get fouled, and either not get to the line, or miss free throws.” Chris Jones led Central with 22 points, hitting eight of 12 from the field. Kaelon Gary and Jeff Jackson each scored 11 points. Aaron Jackson scored 10 points with 10 rebounds. Jones and Jackson did most of their damage from the inside. “That was our plan to make them go inside,” Jamison said. “The last time, they beat us from the outside. We’d had a turnover or an error, and they would make a little run of six or eight points. We fought our way back into it.” Bethel was led by Jermaine Howard with 13 points. Alonzo Haywood and Alex Eicher each scored 10 points. Bethel trailed by as many as seven early in the first half. With the lead swinging between five and seven for nearly seven minutes, Bethel broke the patters when John Watson III hit a trey, followed by a Lee Griffin layup after a defensive stop with 4:24 remaining in the half, put the Threshers within two. Central ended the half on a 10-4 run to lead 37-29. Bethel was outscored 5-0 from the free throw line in the first half. The Threshers never got an attempt. Bethel made a 5-0 run to open the second half. Central then pulled away by as many as nine early. Bethel finally got to the free throw line with 14:32 remaining in regulation. Alonzo Haywood missed both attempts. A Jackson three-point play with 11:51 remaining put Central up by 15. Cody Cape hit two free throws for Bethel with 10:39 to play. A Haywood layup with 5:42 in regulation got the Threshers within five. Despite several chances, Bethel got no closer. Bethel plays this weekend in the Hastings Classic in Hastings, Neb., facing host Hastings, 6-1, at 8 p.m. Friday and 7-0 Doane at 2 p.m. Sunday. “We know we can play anybody in NAIA Division II,” Jamison said. “It’s just a matter of being ready to play. That’s partly my job, but mostly their job. I’m excited about these next two games. Our record doesn’t show our potential.”BETHEL (1-6) — Green 1-4 0-0 2, Howard 5-9 0-0 13, Kingsley 0-0 0-0 0, Haywood 4-7 2-4 10, Griffin 2-4 0-0 4, Watson III 2-2 0-0 5, Cape 1-1 3-4 5, Benton 1-3 0-0 2, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Hodge 4-10 1-2 9, Arciniega 4-12 0-0 8, Eicher 3-10 4-8 10, TOTALS 27-63 10-18 68. CENTRAL CHRISTIAN (8-0) — Cannon 2-4 4-4 10, Jones 8-12 6-9 22, Miller 2-7 1-2 5, Gary 5-10 0-0 11, Brooks 2-7 0-0 4, Quant 0-5 1-2 1, Brooks 1-6 0-0 3, Rojas 1-4 1-2 4, Adams 0-1 0-0 0, Quincy 1-1 0-0 2, Jackson 5-8 1-1 11, TOTALS 27-65 14-20 73. Bethel 29 39 —68 Cnt.Chr. 37 36 —73 Total fouls — BC 17, CC 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 4-20 (Green 0-1, Howard 3-5, Haywood 0-3, Watson III 1-1, Moore 0-1, Hodge 0-5, Arciniega 0-4), CC 5-24 (Cannon 2-4, Miller 0-2, Gary 1-5, Brooks 0-3, Quant 0-5, Brooks 1-3, Rojas 1-3, Jackson 0-1). Rebounds — BC 42 (Eicher 8), CC 39 (Cannon 10). Assists — BC 10 (four with 2), CC 19 (Gary 7). Turnovers — BC 13 (Arciniega 3), CC 12 (Gary 3). Blocked shots — BC 4 (four with 1), CC 4 (four with 1). Steals — BC 5 (Arciniega 2), CC 7 (Gary 3).  

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