LINDSBORG—The Bethany College men's basketball team suffered a loss for the first time all season in an 87-70 contest at home against KCAC opponent York College on Saturday night at Hahn Gymnasium.
The Swedes and Panthers went basket for basket to start the game. The fast pace contest saw many fouls and turnovers from both sides throughout the first 20 minutes. At the halfway mark of the first half, the Swedes held a narrow margin with the score standing 17-12. The Panthers were able to hit a few big shots to take the lead, but the Swedes would answer with buckets of their own. With 17 seconds on the clock Justin Jones, senior guard, was able to sink a jumped to bring the score to 32-32 heading into halftime.
The second half got off to a slow start for both sides, but eventually the Panther's offense took off from behind the arc. The Panthers scored 10 unanswered points that gave them the 67-50 lead with under eight minutes to play. The Swedes continued to chip away at the Panther lead but could not battle back from the deficit. A plethora of missed shots saw the Swedes' hopes of closing the gap fade in the closing minutes of the contest. The Panthers were able to walk away with a 87-70 victory and hand the Swedes their first loss of the 2019 campaign.
Four Swedes were in double digits for scoring with Jones and Ray Miller, junior guard, leading the way with 15 points each. Shammond Ivory, sophomore guard, added another 13 points for the Swedes. Rounding out the leading scores was Kristjian Joksimovic, senior guard, with 11 points. The Swedes were out rebounded by the Panthers 45-38 in the contest. Joksimovic lead the Swedes with eight rebounds while Dalton Smyres, sophomore guard, added seven. In the contest the Swedes shot 44.23 percent from the field and 26.92 percent from behind the arc. The Swedes converted 17 of their 34 free throws in the contest.
The loss brings the Swedes overall record to 5-1.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes are back in action on Nov. 20th for another KCAC battle with the Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The game will start at 8 p.m. in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.