Swede men miss chance to tie for KCAC lead

By Steve Sell
January 06, 2017

LINDSBORG — It amounts to a two-game swing.

Instead of being tied for the KCAC basketball lead, the Bethany College men now find themselves two games back of conference leader Tabor after losing a 90-78 decision to the Bluejays on Thursday at Hahn Gym.

Tabor is now 8-1 in the KCAC and Bethany is 6-3 as it has been passed by York College, which is 7-2. Overall the Swedes have started the 2017 portion of the schedule 0-2 to fall to 9-8 overall, with no easy test on Saturday when they travel to Wichita to take on Friends.

Reigning KCAC Player of the Year Lance Carter showed why he could repeat as he poured in 28 points to lead the Bluejays as the Swedes simply had no answer for him. He made 10 of 12 shots from the field and basically controlled the game.

Bethany led as late as 16 minutes to go in the game, 52-51, but the Bluejays went on a 24-4 tear to go up by 19.

Cody Harris fired in 18 points to lead the Swedes. Joey Habtemariam added 12, Jalen Thompson scored 11 and Ian Merzwinski chipped in with 10.

Tabor shot 58 percent from the field, dropping in 35 of 60 shots and the Bluejays also were 9 of 16 from 3-point.

• Tabor women 72, Bethany 61 — The Swedes were down only 60-58 with 6 minutes left in the game, but No. 20-ranked Tabor closed it out strong to remain a game back of KCAC leader Friends.

Bethany is 2-7 in the KCAC, but has played many of the top teams strong. Tehya Peters and Samm Ashida scored 12 points apiece to lead the Swedes, who are 3-11 overall.

Morgan Ediger’s 15 points led three Tabor players in double figures.

Bethany will attempt to hand Friends its first conference loss when the teams meet on Saturday in Wichita.