LINDSBORG—The Bethany men's basketball squad picked up a solid 77-69 win over the visiting Bethel Threshers on Saturday night.
The Swedes came out strong with a 12-2 start in the first three minutes of the game. Bethany tried to grow their lead over the remainder of the half. While the Swedes succeed in pushing their advantage to as high as 15 points, the Threshers stayed enough in the game to bring the Swedes back into just a single-digit lead each time. However, Bethany was able to maintain a double-digit lead as the half ran out and the Swede went into the break with a 13-point advantage.
However, the Threshers came out of the locker room on fire with an 11-2 run over the first four minutes. Bethel continued to push over the next minute and a half to cut the Swedes' lead down to just three points. Reed Stephens, senior guard, took this opportunity to step up for the Swedes in a big way. The senior drained four threes in a row to give the Swedes back their 14-point advantage. With this cushion, Bethany was able to push through to the end of the contest and take the win.
The Details . . .
Four Swedes landed in double-digit points. Tyler Larkin, senior guard, had 18 points and three steals, Stephens recorded 15 points on the night, Kristijan Joksimovic, junior guard, had 13 points, and Lavaris Duncan, sophomore guard, recorded 11 points and three blocks.
Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, aided the defense with four steals and helped out the Bethany offense with five assists. Baptiste Chazelas, junior forward, had a team high of seven rebounds.
As a team the Swedes shot 44.3 percent from the field and grabbed 39 rebounds.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes host the Tabor Bluejays on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tipoff for this conference contest is set for 8 p.m., following the women's contest.