Swede men fall out of KCAC lead

By Steve Sell
January 16, 2015
Bethany College Sports Information

HILLSBORO — The KCAC men’s basketball race finally has a sole leader.

It took seven games, but Tabor College has finally vaulted to the top by its lonesome after outscoring Bethany College 87-84 Thursday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

Both teams’ high-octane offenses were on display. Tabor led 43-36 at the half and fended off the Swedes’ rally.

Tabor is now 6-1 in the KCAC and Bethany fell to 5-2 and into a second-place tie with Friends.

Dewayne Biggs led Tabor with 18 points, while Andrew Thomas scored 17, Justin Malan added 13 and Malik Brooks scored 10, including some late clutch free throws. Both teams shot it poorly from the line, the Swedes just 16 of 32 and the Jays only 25 of 39.

Cody Harris led Bethany with 20 points. Also in doubles were Jonathan Gidson (15), Larry McLin (12), Aaron Cooley (10) and Nathan Coleman (10).

The Swedes, now 13-5 overall, have no bargain on Saturday when they play at Saint Mary, which has lost two straight in KCAC play after a 5-1 start.

Bethany (84) — Harris 20, McLin 12, Coleman 10, Smith 7, Huskey 3, Gidson 15, Cooley 10, Peterson 7.

Tabor (87) — Biggs 18, Thomas 17, Brooks 10, Jedneak 6, Arck 3, Malan 13, Baker 8, Nemit 5, Gibson 4, LeBlanc 3.

• TABOR WOMEN 56, BETHANY 35 — The Swedes fell to 0-7 in the KCAC and 1-18 overall, while Tabor stayed in a first-place tie with Friends.

Bethany struggled to just 10 points in the first half and shot 14 percent. The Swedes did pick it up in the second half, but still finished the game at 27 percent

Royce Shields led the Swedes with 11 points. Tina Loewen’s 10 points led the Bluejays.

Bethany has a shot of ending its losing streak on Saturday playing at Saint Mary. The Spires have just one KCAC win.

Bethany (35) — Davis 7, Shields 11, Shetlar 3, Stewart 3, Cleveland 2, Norton 4, Jackson 2, Bledsoe 1, Rohrbaugh 2.

Tabor (56) — Dean 2, Short 4, Wilgers 9, Zuercher 6, Willems 8, Hurd 9, Bonham 3, Dick 1, Suderman 2, Loewen 10, Janzen 2.


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