The Hesston College men’s basketball team used a hot shooting second half to knock off the Bethel College Threshers JV 93-70 to open the 2016-17 season.
Five players scoree in double figures for the Larks led by sophomore center Dillon Buchanan’s (Boerne, Texas) 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) connected on two of three from behind the arc leading to 12 points on the night. Sophomore guard Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) and sophomore forward Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) also scored 12 each, while freshman Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) added 11 points.
After a lower scoring first half that saw the larks leading at 37-33, Hesston started to clamp down on the defensive side. “Our defensive intensity really picked up which allowed us to get buckets in transition and I thought our half-court execution was far better,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. Hesston College moved the ball around better in the second half. “We did a far better job of getting the basketball to the open guy at the right time instead of trying to go one on one,” Galyon added. The Larks outscored Threshers 53-36 in the closing stanza.
The depth of the team was proven as two players came off the bench to score 10 + and fourteen players saw the floor in the win.
Hesston College will look to move to 2-0 on the season when they travel to Great Bend on the weekend for the Barton Community College Tournament. The Larks will face Washburn University JV on Friday ,Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m. followed by the host Barton CC Cougars at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.