The Hesston College men’s basketball team put in a gritty effort only to fall 89-82 to Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, Kan.) on Wednesday night in Hesston. Sunrise, an elite basketball academy known for sending players to NCAA D1 schools, started out connecting on their first three three-point attempts to take a an early lead.
Back-to-back layups by freshman center Dillon Buchanan (Boerne, Texas) evened the score at 10. Sunrise responded with a scoring run to take a 14-point lead, and went into the half leading 46-32.
The Larks rallied a couple times in the second half to make things interesting. Freshman forward Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) banked home a long range three-pointer at the 14:16 mark, to pull the Larks within seven points at 54-47. Freshman forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) followed with a jumper to cut the lead to six (69-63) with under eight minutes to go. Hesston would get as close as 85-80 when freshman guard Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) connected on a pair of free throws with 35 seconds on the clock. Sunrise converted key foul shots down the stretch to hold off the surging Larks.
Hesston was led led by point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) who finished with a game high 19 points. Agnew scored 17 points off the bench, and Buchanan chipped in 10. Sunrise was led by guard Steffon Mitchell’s 18 points. University of Akron commit Eric Parrish scored 17. The loss drops the Larks to 7-6 overall, closing a busy month of November.
The Larks were coached by assistant Devan Fitzpatrick, as Head Coach Dustin Galyon was away for the birth of his son. Hesston College men’s basketball begins December with a rematch against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. The Jets handed the Larks a 92-65 home loss on Nov. 17. Tipoff from Oklahoma on Saturday will be at 1:30 p.m.