LINDSBORG — It took nearly the entire month, but Bethany College’s men can finally celebrate the new year.
The Swedes had started 2017 with seven straight losses after compiling a 9-6 record during the 2016 portion of this season’s schedule.
But they came up with a huge win on Wednesday, handing York an 83-76 setback to severely damage the Panthers’ conference title hopes. At one time 9-2, York has lost three straight to fall to 9-5 in the KCAC and three games back of Tabor.
Cody Harris led the Swedes with 18 points, while Joey Habtemariam added 16 and Keil Kelly chipped in with 11. Tyler Larkin had a wonderful floor game with 10 assists as Bethany did a great job of sharing the basketball with 26 team assists.
Keith Mack led York with 23.
The Swedes are now 7-8 in the KCAC and 10-13 overall. They have a tough game on Saturday when they play at arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan, which has won its last two games.
• BETHANY WOMEN 66, YORK 50 — The Swedes compounded the Panthers’ long season as a 21-0 run keyed the victory. York has won just one game all season.
Bethany has played much better as of late as it’s inching back into the KCAC playoff picture. The Swedes are now 5-10 and while still on the outside looking in, there’s still hope. They are 7-14 overall.
Sydney Ahaneku scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Swedes and Kimi Lindshield had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Swedes play at slumping Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday. The Coyotes have lost five of their last six, the only win coming in overtime against McPherson College. They are down two starters, including All-KCAC guard Jenna Farris.