Men’s hoops top Braves

The Hesston College men’s basketball team picked up a much needed victory Thursday night over the visiting Ottawa University Braves JV 85-73.

The Larks, who dropped the last three games, started sharp on both ends of the court. Trailing 7-5 early, Hesston responded with an emphatic 15-0 run to go ahead 20-7. They later followed with another 16-3 run getting easy buckets down low and never looked back. Their defense was stifling, leaving the Braves coming up empty on several possessions down the floor. The Larks held the Braves to 25% shooting from the field in the first half (9/36) as they took a commanding 46-25 lead into halftime.

“I’m happy with how hard we played defense in the first half,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We played fundamental basketball tonight and are making strides.”

The bench and team depth performed well as 12 different players scored in the win. The Larks were paced by point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) who had a big night scoring 19 points- all in the first half. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) added 16 for the Larks, 11 in the second half. Sophomore center Dillon Buchanon (Boerne, Texas) rounded out the double digit scoring for Hesston with 12 points in the game including a couple of dunks igniting the student section.

In the second half the Braves outscored the Larks 48-39, largely with Larks regulars sitting out. Freshman guard Wyatt Newman (Blue Eye, Mo.) scored 15 points for the Braves.

With the win, Hesston College moves to 2-3 and will travel to Nebraska to take on the Southeast Community College Storm. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. from Beatrice.