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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Comeback stalls for BC men

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  • Again, just a couple of lapses proved too costly for the Bethel College men’s basketball team to overcome in a 77-70 loss to Sterling College Saturday in KCAC play at Thresher Gym. “We’re getting better,” Bethel coach Alonzo Jamison said. “I wish we would have played that first half a lot more like the second half. We played with a lot more energy and doing a lot more of what I asked them to. We weren’t doing what I asked in the first half, and we built a little deficit. I can’t fault the effort. We need more basketball savvy. In the second half, down by five, it’s a two-possession game. We don’t need a 3-point shot. We can take a quick two. It shouldn’t have come to shooting all threes. You have to take what the defense gives you. We had three or four possessions where we decided to kick it out instead of taking the easy basket.” Sterling, 18-9 overall and 12-4 in KCAC play, was led by Adam Brown with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Braden Thompson scored 14 points. Darius Alexander scored 12. Sterling remains tied for second in the conference with Friends and Tabor, two games behind leader Saint Mary. Bethel was led by Lee Griffin with 24 points. Ronnie Hodge added 11. Freshman guard Cody Cape had 16 rebounds and two blocked shots. “He’s 6-foot,” Jamison said. “He’s always guarding someone bigger. You ask their center if he’s just 6-foot, he’ll say no. He’s our catalyst out there, our spark. I’ll have to check, but that might be a record for a freshman. “Sterling is a big team. Up front, they go 6-6, 6-6, 6-7. We created some bad match-ups for them. We went 16 of 30 free throws. When you miss 14 free throws in the game. That hurts.” Bethel fell behind 11-4 early, but regrouped to pull within one, 20-19. Bethel then gave up a 10-0 run. Sterling led by as many as 18 late in the half. Bethel cut it to 15 at intermission, 46-31. Bethel trailed by as many as 19 early in the second half, got within 11 with chances to get closer, only to give up a 15-4 run. Bethel made the final run of the game to get within five. Bethel had a chance to get closer with less than 45 seconds in regulation, but turned the ball over. Sterling hit two of four free throws in the remaining time Bethel falls to 3-23, 2-14 in KCAC. The loss knocks the Threshers out of the race for a post-season berth. Bethel hosts Southwestern at 6 p.m. Thursday. “The coaching staff put high expectations on this team,” Jamison said. “At the same time, we had 15 new guys on this team. We’ll be a lot better in the next couple of games and for next year. This season has been a matter of getting to know each other. We’re putting in the base for the growth for the program. We’ll be more relaxed these last two games. There’s nothing hanging over their heads. We just want them to go out and have some fun. That’s been our mantra the last couple of games. Basketball is a business for us coaches. But if the kids don’t have that attitude of having fun, it becomes a long season.”
    Page 2 of 2 - STERLING (18-9, 12-4 KCAC) — Brown 8-13 5-11 21, Alexander 4-9 1-2 12, Green 0-5 1-2 1, Odomes 2-7 2-4 6, Smith 3-7 0-0 6, Stacker 1-5 0-0 2, Adesodun 2-5 0-0 6, Thompson 4-9 5-5 14, Swank 1-3 1-2 4, Anderson 0-1 0-2 0, Givens 1-2 0-0 3, Dower 1-1 0-0 2, TOTALS 27-67 15-28 77. BETHEL (3-23 2-14 KCAC) —Watson III 1-7 0-0 3, Arciniega 2-5 2-4 6, Cape 2-8 4-10 8, Moore 3-8 1-2 7, Griffin 8-18 5-10 23, Kolbeck 1-3 0-0 3, Yunker 0-3 0-0 0, Benton 2-5 2-2 6, Hodge 3-8 2-2 11, Kingsley 1-1 0-0 2, Eicher 0-4 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-68 16-30 70. Sterling 46 31 —77 Bethel 31 39 —70 Total fouls — SC 20, BC 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — SC: Smith. 3-point shooting — SC 8-19 (Alexander 3-6, Green 0-2, Adesodun 2-3, Thompson 1-3, Swank 1-3, Givens 1-3), BC 8-22 (Watson III, Griffin 3-6, Kolbeck 1-2, Yunker 0-1, Hodge 3-7, Eicher 0-1). Rebounds — SC 51 (Brown 16), BC 49 (Cape 16). Assists — SC 13 (three with 3), BC 4 (Cape 2). Turnovers — SC 14 (Smith 3, Thompson 3), BC 11 (Arciniega 3). Blocked shots — SC 1 (Anderson), BC 4 (Cape 2). Steals — SC 7 (Alexander 3), BC 5 (Arciniega 2).
     
     
     

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