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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Bethel edged by eighth-ranked Doane

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  • The Bethel College men’s basketball team put a scare in eighth-ranked (NAIA Division II) Doane College Thursday night before falling 78-73. The 15-2 Tigers outscored Bethel 24-3 from 3-point range, including a trey in the final minute to put the Threshers at bay. “We missed a lot of bunnies tonight,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “I’m not going to say it would turn the tide, but we missed a lot of bunnies — two foot in bunnies. For us to be where we want to be, those have to be automatic. We have a very good two-weeks of practice. We beat Oklahoma Panhandle (State) Monday. We into Christmas break, and we need to retain what we’ve learned these last two weeks.” Bethel was 29 of 68 from the field. Doane was 30 of 60, eight of 23 from 3-point range. Doane also held a 40-33 rebounding edge. On the plus side, Bethel had just eight turnovers — two unforced. The Tigers had 14 turnovers. “We were one of nine from 3-point range,” Jamison said. “We had plenty that went halfway down and popped back up. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. We have to push through it. We fought. We fought hard. There’s still some little things we need to correct, but we fought hard. That’s the most positive thing we can take away from this.” Connor Beranek and Nick Reed each scored 18 points for Doane. Beranek had 10 rebounds. Domonique Smith scored 16 points. Shavontae Samuels scored 12 points. Bethel, 1-13, was led by Alonzo Haywood with 24 points off the bench. Haywood was 10 of 14 shooting. Adam Arciniega scored 15 points. Cody Cape scored 11 points off the bench. “(Haywood) had to do a little running,” Jamison said. “He got a technical Monday. He’s a senior and I need those seniors’ experience. I just wish we could have walked away with a win. They were slugging and we were slugging back. It just came down to one or two possessions. ... We showed some gumption. The first time we played them, we were up at halftime. They punched us in the first five minutes of the second half, and we didn’t fight back. We lost by 18. Tonight, we got it tied pretty quickly.” Bethel scored the first basket of the game, but aided by one of eight shooting, Doane was able to score the next eight points. Bethel fought back within one, but Doane was able to start hitting from the outside to lead by as many as eight. An Arciniega layup with 1:36 left in the half got the Threshers to within three, but Doane answered with a layup and one of two free throws to lead 36-30 at intermission. Doane was 15 of 31 shooting in the first half. Bethel was 13 of 32. Bethel was outscored 12-0 from 3-point range. Bethel made a 5-0 run to start the second half, all by Arciniega. Jermaine Howard tied the game with a jumper with 17:16 remaining in regulation. Again Doane was able to hit from the outside to pull away. Bethel finally hit a 3-point shot, a bomb by Haywood, which got the Threshers within four with 15:45 in regulation. Haywood hit a three-point play with 10:56 in regulation to tie the game 53-53. After a steal, Haywood hit a layup to put the Threshers in the lead. The two teams then traded the lead 11 times over then next six minutes. A Jens Scholl trey with 24.6 seconds in regulation put Doane up by four. Bethel missed a layup attempt at the other end. Beranek hit one of two free throws with 11.6 seconds to play. Lee Griffin hit a layup for Bethel with 4.1 seconds to play. The inbounds pass was deflected out by Bethel with 3.3 seconds left. Reed hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds to play to put the game away. Bethel hosts Kansas Wesleyan at 8 p.m. Jan. 3. “We get 10 days off,” Jamison said. “We come back the 31st and have four days of practice before Kansas Wesleyan. I told the guys to take this feeling that they had today and use it when we come back. We can be pretty good when we want to be. We have to work on the little things.” Wesleyan is 2-10, losing Monday to Dakota Wesleyan 85-71. Both Bethel and KWU are 0-4 in conference play. “They’ve been struggling right along with us,” Jamison said. “But in the KCAC, you never know. It’s been pretty topsy-turvy this year. You have to be ready to play everytime you come to the floor.”DOANE (15-2) — Scholl 4-5 0-0 9, Beranek 7-15 1-3 18, McDonald 1-3 0-0 2, Reed 7-10 4-5 18, Samuels 4-7 3-4 12, Smith 6-15 2-3 16, Benson 1-5 0-0 3, Holt 0-0 0-0 0, Carper 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 30-60 10-17 78. BETHEL (1-13) — Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Arciniega 4-10 7-9 15, Griffin 4-13 0-1 8, Howard 4-13 0-0 8, Hodge 0-7 2-2 2, Haywood 10-14 3-3 24, Watson III 1-1 1-1 3, Yunker 1-1 0-0 2, Cape 5-7 1-1 11, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Eicher 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 29-68 14-17 73. Doane 36 42 —78 Bethel 30 43 —73 Total fouls — DC 18, BC 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Griffin. 3-point shooting — DC 8-23 (Scholl 1-1, Beranek 3-7, Reed 0-2, Samuels 1-1, Smith 2-8, Benson 1-4), BC 1-9 (Griffin 0-1, Hodge 0-5, Haywood 1-3). Rebounds — DC 40 (Beranek 10), BC 33 (Arciniega 6). Assists — DC 10 (Reed 4), BC 5 (Hodge 2). Turnovers — DC 14 (Samuels 5), BC 8 (Arciniega 3). Blocked shots — DC 2 (Beranek 1, Smith 1), BC 1 (Cape 1). Steals — DC 6 (Reed 2, Samuels 2), BC 8 (Griffin 3). Monday’s game BETHEL (1-12, exhibition) — Haywood 7-10 4-4 21, Griffin 8-11 3-3 21, Watson III 0-0 0-0 0, Green 3-5 6-8 12, Howard 3-4 4-5 11, Cape 5-10 6-7 16, Moore 2-3 4-4 8, Hodge 1-6 0-0 3, Arciniega 3-7 6-7 12, TOTALS 32-56 33-38 104. OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE (3-7) — Randolph 6-15 0-0 15, Messer 2-4 0-0 5, Capinia 3-5 1-3 7, Hill 8-14 5-6 23, Farrell 2-11 3-5 7, Rosemond 5-8 1-2 11, Sands 2-2 0-0 4, Lee 1-4 0-0 2, Patterson 8-15 2-4 18, Tapia-Ponce 0-3 1-2 1, TOTALS 37-81 13-22 93. Bethel 52 52 —104 OPSU 37 56 —93 Total fouls — BC 23, OP 25. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Griffin. 3-point shooting — BC 7-17 (Haywood 3-6, Griffin 2-3, Green 0-1, Howard 1-2, Cape 0-1, Hodge 1-4), OP 6-26 (Randolph 3-9, Messer 1-2, Capinia 0-2, Hill 2-3, Farrell 0-3, Lee 0-1, Patterson 0-4, Tapia-Ponce 0-2). Rebounds — BC 41 (Cape 7), OP 33 (Tapia-Ponce 6). Assists — BC 6 (Green 2, Hodge 2), OP 12 (Hill 4). Turnovers — BC 26 (Arciniega 6), OP 17 (Hill 5). Blocked shots — BC 3 (Haywood 2), OP 2 (Rosemond 1, Tapia-Ponce 1). Steals — BC 8 (Griffin 2, Arciniega 2), OP 10 (four with 2). Officials — Sherrod, Atwood, VanPham. Attendance — 74.   

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