Swede women pull upset; men lose

By Steve Sell
February 12, 2016

LINDSBORG — Don’t count out the Bethany College women from the KCAC Postseason Tournament just yet.

The Swedes’ flickering hopes remained after Thursday’s 59-54 upset of Saint Mary at Hahn Gym.

The Swedes are now 5-12 in the KCAC and have three games left.

Paige Stewart and Joleen Chanco led the Swedes with 14 points apiece, but it was little-used reserves Ciera Wong and Tehya Peters who gave the team energy off the bench. Wong scored five key points in the fourth quarter and Peters’ basket gave Bethany a lead it would never give up.

The Swedes, 9-17 overall, play Saturday at Southwestern.

• SAINT MARY MEN 77, BETHANY 73 — And to think, Grant Greenberg is still just a junior.

Greenberg, who will go down as one of the all-time greats in the KCAC as he’s already over 2,000 career points, torched the Swedes for 36 as Bethany’s hopes for a home playoff game took a hit and now they must concentrate on just making the eight-team field.

The Swedes are 7-10 in the KCAC and tied with Oklahoma Wesleyan for the eighth and final spot. Overall they are 10-16.

Joey Habtemariam led Bethany with 17 points, Jonathan Gidson scored 14, and Larry McLin, Tyler Larkin and Gary Jones added 12 each. Larkin also had 10 assists for a double-double. 

Bethany heads to Winfield on Saturday to play Southwestern.