Swede men take Tabor down to the wire

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2016

LINDSBORG — It’s been said all season that Bethany College’s men are as talented and athletic as any team in the KCAC.

The Swedes showed again on Wednesday that they might be a dangerous team come playoff time as they took conference leader Tabor down to the wire before DeMarco Smith scored on a last-second layup to give the Bluejays a 72-70 victory.

That spoiled a tremendous comeback by the Swedes, who had stormed back from 19 points down in the second half as they trailed 63-44.

The loss dropped the Swedes to 5-8 in the KCAC and 8-14 overall, so they still have some work to do to make postseason play as the top eight teams qualify. Yet, there’s no questioning their individual talent and they do have some second-division teams coming up on the schedule.

Joanthan Gidson, Tyler Larkin and Gary Jones all scored 14 for the Swedes, with Jones completing a double-double with 13 rebounds.

The Swedes are home Saturday to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan.

• TABOR WOMEN 56, BETHANY 28 — In a stunning defensive performance, the Bluejays totally shut down the Swedes, who were just 9 of 49 from the field.

Like the Tabo men, the Bluejay women are 14-0 in the KCAC.

Kimi Lindshield led Bethany with nine points and she also pulled down eight rebounds.

Bethany continues to be in danger of missing the postseason as it is now 3-10 in the KCAC and 7-15 overall with white-hot Oklahoma Wesleyan coming to town on Saturday.