LINDSBORG—The Swedes men's basketball team picked up a win in their home opener on Saturday. Bethany defeated their nonconference foes from Haskell Indian Nations University 87-46.
The Indians came out strong in this one taking a 10-point lead in the first eight minutes on the contest. From there, Bethany was able to work through the rest of the first half to cut the Indians lead down and get back in the game. The Swedes tied things up with 4:45 left to play in the half. Bethany then took the lead right away and was able to take a four-point advantage into the break, 33-29.
In the second half, the Swedes got out to a roaring start, going on an 11-4 run to take an 11-point advantage. From there, Bethany was able to slowly and steadily grow their lead over the Indians throughout the entirety of the second half. Bethany was able to close out the half with a 41-point lead over the Indians.
Braylen Young, sophomore guard, led the Bethany offense with 15 points. Ray Miller, junior guard, had 13 points while Isiah Saenz, junior guard, and Bryce Young, sophomore guard, had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Baptiste Chazelas, senior forward, led the team with 12 rebounds while Kristjian Joksomovic, senior guard, pulled down 10 boards. As a team, the Swedes pulled down 58 rebounds compared to Haskell's 34. The Swedes shot 49.2 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from long range.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes take a break until Saturday, Nov. 9 when they travel to Hillsboro to compete in the Tabor College Classic. There, Bethany will face off with College of the Ozarks at 3 p.m.