It's a Swedes sweep

By Steve Sell
January 10, 2016

LINDSBORG — The Bethel Threshers were just what the doctor ordered for Bethany College’s basketball teams on Saturday at Hahn Gym

The Bethany men came away with an 86-75 victory to move to 3-6 in the KCAC and 6-12 overall. The Swedes are in a four-way tie for seventh place with Oklahoma Wesleyan, Saint Mary and Bethel.

Jonathan Gidson led the Swedes with 20 points, while Larry McLin scored 15, and Gary Jones came up with a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Bethany led 43-29 at the half, though Bethel did get as close as two points, 65-63. The Swedes, however, took off on a 9-0 run to put the game away.

Austin Mitchell led Bethel with 16 points and Deven Goodwin chipped in with 14.

The Swedes complete the first round of KCAC play on Thursday when they travel to Ottawa. Bethany is about to become road warriors as it plays five of its next seven away from Hahn Gym.

• BETHANY WOMEN 75, BETHEL 63 — The Swede women recorded their second KCAC win of the season, as their 2-7 record ties them with Bethel for 10th place.

The Swedes grabbed the momentum of the game at the outset, reeling off a 16-4 first quarter and then pushed the lead to 37-17 at the half.

Bethel stormed back, outscoring the Swedes 24-14 in the third quarter to cut the lead in half. Bethany, though, sealed the game with a 24-point fourth quarter.

Leslie Caballero topped the Swedes with 16 points, while Joleen Chanco continued on her recent tear with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Smoky Valley product Kimi Lindshield furnished 13 points. Lauren Ulrich topped Bethel with 15 points.

The Swedes are now 5-12 overall and close out the first-half KCAC play on Thursday with a road trip to Ottawa.