DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bethany College’s men’s basketball team nearly made like the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
The Swedes amazingly let a 30-point lead get away in the third-place game of the Bahama House Shootout against Trinity International, but composed themselves at the end to pull away for a roller-coaster 92-82 victory.
The Swedes were up a stunning 36-6 before Trinity started to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 12 by half, 46-34.
Trinity continued its charge and finally tied the game at 74-all, but from there the Swedes regrouped behind All-Tournament selection Idris IbinIdris.
IbinIdris scored 34 points for the game, while Jordan Bieberle found his shooting eye to add 24 and Vincent Roybal scored 15. Dwight Abad had a nice floor game with six assists.
“We opened this game playing very well, sprinting out to a 36-6 lead," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. “Unfortunately, we did not sustain that. We are going to make some adjustments to how we do some things in practice that will be a factor in this team sustaining energy consistently for 40 minutes.”
What a week the Swedes, now 11-4 overall, have coming up. They put their perfect 4-0 KCAC record on the line Thursday when they travel to Leavenworth to play defending conference champion Saint Mary, then play Saturday at the other 4-0 team in the conference, Friends.