NORTH NEWTON — It was looking like a laugher for McPherson College’s Bulldogs with 13 minutes left on Friday in the first round of the Bethel Classic.
The Bulldogs, after being up 29-21 over Haskell at the half, widened the lead to 19 points and appeared well on their way to their third win in four games.
But suddenly the Bulldogs couldn’t throw it in the ocean and stunningly the Indians came back for a 57-56 victory. Mac had the ball for a chance to win at the end, but couldn’t get off a good look.
The Bulldogs have no time to hang their heads as they turn around and play again at 6 p.m. Saturday against a York team that is expected to be superior to Haskell.
The Bulldogs were just 9 of 27 from the field in the second half and finished the game just 21 of 57 as they have struggled to put the ball in the basket the last two games. They also were just 9 of 17 at the line and 5 of 22 from 3-point.
Chris Crook led Mac with 14 points, one more than Ramon Martinez. Wilber Everett had a double-double to lead Haskell with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Mac (56) — Martinez 13, O’Hara 5, Rowell 4, Crook 14, Lakin 6, Lowe 2, Bachura 2, Roberts 5, Parker 1, Haury 2, Whitten 2.
Haskell (57) — Gore 5, Sequoyah 15, Everett 17, Middleton 8, Moore 6, Rudd 2, Candyfire 4.