Basketball is a game of runs, and the Hesston College men’s basketball team, trailing the Friends University Falcons JV 13-6, rallied off a 26-2 scoring run midway through the first half to take a comfortable lead and go into the break up 41-24. The Larks continued the impressive play and outscored Friends 51-38 in the second half to win 92-62 at Yost Center.
These teams matched up in a preseason scrimmage in October and it looked like the Larks learned a few things. The defense was stifling in the first half, as the Larks held the Falcons to 21% from the field. Offensively, the depth for Hesston College has been a positive factor in the early part of the season, and it made an exclamation point as the bench scored 71 of the team’s 92 points.
Freshman guard Caleb Harris (Dayton, Ohio) scored 15 points, all in the second half, to carry the load. Sophomore forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas), freshman forward Cory Holt (Houston, Texas) and freshman forward LaDarius Johnson (Richmond, Texas) each scored 12 points. Freshman point guard Coye Campbell (Mesquite, Texas) averaging 16.3 points a game to lead the Larks, added 10. Jackson Oldham scored 20 points for Friends and Eric Sharping added 14 in the loss.
“72 bench points…our guys did a nice job of sharing the ball and getting each other open,” Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We held them to two points for a total of 10 minutes in the first half during one stretch so guys were really guarding.”
Hesston College moves to 9-7 overall and will have a month off, before returning to action January 9. The Larks will travel to McPherson to take on the McPherson College Bulldogs JV. Hesston defeated McPherson JV 85-70 on November 21 at Yost Center.