Swede men in danger of missing playoffs

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2016

WINFIELD — After being considered as one of the teams to beat in the KCAC in the preseason, the Bethany College men are now in danger of joining their women on the outside of the postseason tournament.

The Swedes fell into ninth place on Saturday after a 77-67 loss to Southwestern, a game that was tied midway through the second half before the Moundbuilders ran away and hid. The top eight teams advance to the tournament.

Bethany is now 7-11 in the conference, a half-game behind Sterling, which owns the tiebreaker between the two. The Swedes, 10-17 overall, close the season next week playing at surging Bethel on Thursday and then finish out hosting Ottawa on Saturday. Sterling is the only team with one game left and that’s at home Thursday against last-place McPherson College.

Jonathan Gidson scored 19 points to lead the Swedes, while Gary Jones scored 16 and Tyler Larkin added 11, along with 10 rebounds from his guard spot. Chris Waller led the Builders with 19 points and the Swedes did a terrific job on All-America candidate Cameron Clark, holding him to 14.

The 3-point shot was the difference, with Southwestern making 10 to just three for the Swedes.

• SOUTHWESTERN WOMEN 68, BETHANY 48 — Southwestern, which is hoping to host a first-round game, couldn’t afford a slip-up against 10th-place Bethany.

It didn’t.

Balanced Southwestern was led by Jana Reichenberger and Taylor Bleumer with 12 points apiece. The Swedes, now 5-13 in the KCAC, received 15 points from Paige Stewart and 10 from Joleen Chanco.