LINDSBORG—The Swedes men's basketball team fell to a tough Tabor Bluejay team 75-70 on Wednesday night.
The teams started the first half trading baskets and the lead with four ties and five lead changes within the first eight minutes of the contest. However, from there, Tabor was able to slowly grow their lead to a game high of 12 points. The Swedes then started to work their way back into the contest but with just five minutes left in the half, Bethany went into the break trailing by eight points.
The Swedes came out first in the second half, but the Bluejays were once again able to slowly work their lead up to double-digits. Bethany was finally able to go on a small 8-0 run in order to cut the Tabor lead to just two points. The game then ebbed and flowed for the rest of the time with Tabor trying to sneak away with the win and the Swedes pulling them back in. However, while the Swedes would get within three points of the Bluejays several times, they were never able to get over the hump to take the lead.
The Details . . .
Four Swedes had double-digit points tonight led by Isiah Saenz, sophomore guard, and Tyler Larkin, senior guard, with 15 points each. Lavaris Duncan, sophomore center, and Kristijan Joksimovic, junior guard, rounded things out with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Duncan earned another double-double on the season with a team high of 12 rebounds.
As a team the Swedes outrebounded the Bluejays 43-39. Bethany shot 43.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes hit the road next traveling to McPherson on Saturday, Feb. 2 to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.