Bulldogs swept on the road by Tabor

By Steve Sell
November 19, 2017

HILLSBORO — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team now knows how high the bar is raised in the KCAC, thanks to Tabor College.

The conference’s preseason favorite gave the high-scoring Bulldogs a dose of reality on Saturday with a 68-49 victory. Mac had entered the game 1-0 in the KCAC and 5-1 overall, but the Bluejays shut down the Bulldogs’ explosive offense that had produced three 90-plus scoring games out of the first six.

The Bulldogs shot just 31 percent from the field and were only 10 of 24 at the foul line as they played catch-up all night, leading just once at 2-0.

Sonerka White led the Bulldogs with 9 points. Mac coach Gordon Ediger tried a little bit of everything as 11 players took the court.

Mac had no answer for former Kansas Miss Basketball Morgan Ediger, who drained 26 points.

The Bulldogs head up to Lindsborg on Tuesday to take on county rival Bethany College. Like the Bulldogs, the Swedes are 1-1 in the KCAC.

Mac (49) — White 9, Coe 7, Ricahrdson 6, Battle 3, Holt 1, Roberts 7, Olvera 7, Van Donselaar 4, Racette 3, Milum 2.

Tabor (68) — Ediger 26, Deniston 13, Leiszler 9, Wedel 6, Peterson 4, Bonham 3, Mires 3, Washington 2, Brubacher 2.

• TABOR MEN 85, MAC 71 — KCAC teams just don’t win in Hillsboro.

That seems to have been a fact the last few years now. The Bulldogs didn’t give themselves a chance by shooting just 39 percent from the field, as their season-long shooting woes continued.

Tabor set the tone by jumping out to an 8-0 lead and the Bulldogs played from behind all night. The Bluejays had it all going in the first half, up by 20 at 52-32.

Aaron Bachura led the Bulldogs with 18 points and Careino Gurley added 14. A promising sign was that reserve Stefan Krsmanovic pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 6 points off the bench in his 14 minutes. He had played only a few minutes this season, but does have the size the Bulldogs are lacking due to injuries.

Tabor shot 51 percent, but just 21 percent from 3-point. KCAC Player of the Year candidate Julian Winton scored 16 points to lead a balanced TC attack.

Mac, now 1-5 overall, goes to Lindsborg on Tuesday to renew their county rival with Bethany College. Both teams are 0-2 in the KCAC.

Mac (71) — Bachura 18, Gurley 14, Owen 9, Raleigh 7, Watts 4, Krsmanovic 6, Oxford 6, Parker III 6, Ellison 1.

Tabor (85) — Winton 16, Beristain 14, Horstick 9, Patterson 6, Urrutia 2, Baker 11, Wilson 7, Cutliff 7, Russell 6, Arnold 6, Spruill 1.

KW cagers sweep rival Bethany

By Steve Sell
November 19, 2017

LINDSBORG — So far since Bethany College and Kansas Wesleyan have officially named their competitions “the Smoky Hill Showdown,” all the results have gone the Coyotes’ way.

The Coyotes won the inaugural Smoky Hill Showdown in football and then on Saturday, swept the first basketball games between the schools under the new monicker.

The KW men reeled off an amazing 33-4 run in the second half to spark a 95-77 victory, dropping Bethany to 0-2 in the KCAC and 3-6 overall.

The Swedes used a late first-half run to take a 42-41 lead into the break, but it was all Coyotes in the second half.

Jamon Fulton, who scored 16 points during the run, finished with 19 to lead KW. Ithello Cross scored 14 off the bench and Ernest Carter chipped in with 11.

Bethany had a double-barreled attack with 21 points by Tyler Larkin and 20 by Isiah Saenz. Thomas Hood also was in doubles with 15.

KW’s bench came up huge as it scored 50 points, while the Swedes’ subs tallied 29.

Bethany is home on Tuesday to take on McPherson College at Hahn Gym. Both teams are looking for their first KCAC win.

• KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 76, BETHANY 71 — The Swedes proved they can play with one of the best teams in the KCAC as they charged back from a 12-point halftime deficit to make things interesting.

KW led 34-22 at the break, but Bethany had a big second half offensively with 49 points.

Marissa Pope continued to play like an All-Conference selection with 18 points to lead Bethany. Former Great Bend High star Lauren Welsch furnished 15 and Alex Tyson added 14. The key stat of the game was that the Swedes were just 23 of 44 from the foul line.

Haleigh Bradford led KW with 16.

Bethany hosts McPherson College on Tuesday in a matchup of teams that are 1-1 in the KCAC. The Swedes are 4-4 overall.

Tiger cagers lose exhibition games

By Steve Sell
November 19, 2017

Central Christian College’s basketball teams went on the road Saturday and lost exhibition games against NCAA Division II competition that do not count on their regular-season record.

The Tiger men, who had played a grueling game the night before against Manhattan Christian, were overwhelmed by Rogers State, 100-45.

TJ Williams had his best game as a Tiger with 14 points as Central coach Tony Romero used his reserves extensively. Leading scorer Jubril Osagie played only 9 minutes after getting in early foul trouble and no starter played more than 23 minutes.

Paul Ard II added 12 points.

Central was held to 16 of 60 from the field, 3 of 19 from 3-point.

The Tigers especially struggled in the first half as they managed only 17 points, making 6 of 31 shots.

Central returns to regular action on Tuesday when it travels to Barclay College in Haviland. The Tigers are 4-1 in games that count. The teams met earlier this season in McPherson with Central pulling away for an 89-79 victory.

Central (45) — Kuminga 5, Martin 5, Lenard 3, Ard II 12, Daniels 2, Williams 14, Warren 4.

Rogers (100) — Ferreira 6, Loy 6, Smith 12, Turner 12, Davis 6, Hilaire 11, Harness 3, Peacock 12, Vaughn 2, Harkey 6, Littlejohn 20, Leak 4.

• ROCKHURST WOMEN 93, CENTRAL 56 — The Tiger women also had a rough shooting night by making just 28 percent.

Rockhurst led 44-24 at the half, then piled on 31 more points in the third quarter.

Abbie Banks had a nice game for Central with 16 points, making three 3-pointers. Holly Golden added 14 points.

Central, 0-4 in actual games, plays Tuesday at Barclay College.

Central (56) — Regier 2, Banks 16, Golden 14, Travino 9, Cooks 2, Isaacs 2, Gonzales 8, Anderson 3.

Rockhurst (93) — Monahan 11, German 8, Myers 2, Briahtia Sebek 3, Ronhausen 13, Rose 12, Denton 5, Bailey Sebak 9, Meyer 5, Harwood 4, Parkey 3, Rock 9, Holden 9.

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