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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • KCAC loss BC men fall on road at Sterling Arciniega posts double-double for Bethel

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  • STERLING — The Bethel College men’s basketball team played another strong first half, but faltered in the first seven minutes of the second, falling to Sterling College 86-70 Thursday in KCAC play in Sterling. Bethel was hit with 27 fouls to 15 for Sterling. The Warriors took 33 free throws to 19 for Bethel. Bethel falls to 2-16, 0-7 in conference play. The Threshers drop their fourth straight. “At this points of the year, we can’t have lapses like we had at the start of the second half,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “We got within six, but we couldn’t get over the hump. They stretched it back out to 16. Something’s got to change. It’s got to come from us. We have to dig down deeper.” Sterling, 12-6 overall and 6-1 in KCAC play, was led by Braden Thompson with 19 points, followed by Raheem Odoms with 17, Darius Alexander with 15 and Adam Brown with 12. Bethel was led by Adam Arciniega with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Onesimus Moore added 12 points, At one point in the first half, fouls were 10-4 against the Threshers. Sterling led by as many as six early. Bethel tied the game on a Jermain Howard layup with nine minutes to play. The Threshers missed several chances to take the lead from the free throw line. An Eddie Adesodun trey with nine seconds left in the half put Sterling up 33-30 at intermission. For the half, Bethel was charged with 12 fouls to seven for Sterling. Both teams struggled from the line. Bethel was three of eight. Sterling was six of 14. Bethel gave up an 11-3 run to open the second half. Fouls were 5-1 against Bethel in the run. Bethel got within 10, but then gave up an 8-0 run. Bethel got back within eight on a Moore trey followed by a two. After a pair of Sterling free throws, Hodge hit a trey to get Bethel within seven. A Jensen Kimgsley trey got Bethel within six with 5:24 left in regulation. An Alexander trey for Sterling put the Warriors back up by 11 with 3:05 remaining in the game. Sterling followed with a dunk and a three-point play. Bethel returns to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Southwestern. “That’s always a tough place for us,” Jamison said. “They are going to be ready for us. We have to be ready for them. The KCAC’s not going to get any easier.”
    BETHEL (2-15, 0-7 KCAC) — Griffin 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 1-2 2-2 4, Watson III 0-3 0-2 0, Yunker 2-4 0-1 5, Howard 4-8 0-1 8, Cape 1-4 2-2 4, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Benton 1-3 1-2 3, Moore 5-7 1-2 12, Hodge 3-14 0-0 8, Arciniega 7-19 4-7 19, Eicher 1-1 0-0 2, Kingsley 2-4 0-0 6, TOTALS 27-70 10-19 70. STERLING (12-6, 6-1 KCAC) — Alexander 5-11 2-3 15, Stacker 44-6 1-4 9, Morris 0-1 1-2 1, Green 2-3 3-4 7, Adesodun 1-3 0-0 3, Thompson 8-12 0-2 19, Odomes 5-15 7-9 17, Brown 4-5 4-7 12, Swank 0-0 0-0 0, Givens 0-5 0-0 0, Dower 1-3 1-2 3, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 30-66 19-33 86. Bethel 30 40 —70 Sterling 33 53 —86 Total fouls — BC 27, SC 15. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 6-20 (Watson III 0-3, Yunker 1-1, Howard 0-1, Moore 1-2, Hodge 2-9, Kingsley 2-4), SC 7-23 (Alexander 3-8, Morris 0-1, Green 0-1, Adesodun 1-2, Thompson 3-6, Givens 0-5). Rebounds — BC 44 (Arciniega 10), SC 50 (Alexander 8, Stacker 8). Assists — BC 7 (Howard 4), SC 17 (Green 7). Turnovers — BC 15 (Howard 4), SC 14 (Stacker 4). Blocked shots — BC 2 (Hodge 1, Eicher 1), SC 4 (Stacker 2). Steals — BC 4 (Arciniega 3), SC 5 (Green 2).
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