LINDSBORG—The Bethany men's basketball team picked up a big 95-83 win over the visiting York College Panthers.
The Panthers got out to an early lead with a three-pointer 30 seconds in. However, the Swedes' Lavaris Duncan, sophomore center, put in a bucket on the other end of the floor to bring Bethany back within one. York then began to steadily grow their lead over the next two minutes pushing their advantage to seven points. However, the Swedes then rebounded bringing the game back to a tie over the next minute and the half. The teams then traded baskets for a few minutes until around the 10 and a half minute mark when the Swedes started to take off and grow their lead to nine points. The Swedes then would push their lead to a game-high of 14 points over the next three minutes. The Panthers would try to bring the Swedes back into range, but Bethany would go into the break with a 15-point advantage.
Over the start of the second half, the Swedes continued to push their lead. However, over the middle part of the half, the Panthers were able to go on an offensive run and cut the Bethany lead to just nine points. However, with three minutes to play, the Swedes were able to hold off York's attack and finish the game with a double-digit lead.
The Details . . .
The Swedes were led by Tyler Larkin, senior guard, who earned a double-double with 24 points and 12 assists. Duncan also had a big night with 22 points and nine boards. Braylen Young, freshman guard, put up 15 points, while Kristijan Joksimovic, junior guard, had 10 points.
On the boards, Baptiste Chazelas, junior forward, led the team with 11. As a team, Bethany pulled down 37 boards compared to York's 37. The Swedes shot 61.1 percent from the field and 45 percent from long range.
Up Next . . .
The team takes the weekend off, returning to play on Wednesday, Jan. 16 with a trip to Southwestern College. Tip off for this KCAC contest is set for 8 p.m. in Winfield.