Men’s Basketball News Archive 2014-2015

Men’s basketball looks to rebound

Seventh-year Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon is ready to lead his Larks onto the hardwood. Youth abounds on Hesston’s roster as 10 freshmen look to make an early impact this season.

Returning to lead the backcourt is Malcolm Mann, Plano, Texas, who averaged 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman. Jordan Tanner, a 6’5” post from Houston, returns after averaging 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest last year.

With the addition of Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), Division II of NJCAA Region VI now counts seven schools, including Hesston College. The Larks play their six region foes twice each during the regular season.

In addition to its dozen region contests, key Hesston games include a pair of matchups in Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Invitational, Nov. 7 to 8. Hesston faces six additional NJCAA opponents throughout its schedule.

Hesston will host Community Night when the Larks women’s and men’s teams host Labette CC at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks open regular season play with a 7:30 p.m. game at Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) Friday, Oct. 31.

Men’s Basketball adds Texas senior to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Michael Lindauer, a 6’7” forward from Stephen F. Austin High School, Houston, as the newest member of the Larks program.

Lindauer will study history or education at Hesston.

“Michael is a great addition to our team,” Galyon said. “He’s a proven player on the inside and will be able to stretch the defense for us playing the four.”

Lindauer is the son of Phil and Deidre Lindauer, Sugarland, Texas.

Men’s basketball adds Iowa Mennonite School grad to 2014-15 roster

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Peyton Thompson, a 6’1” guard from Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time first-team all-conference player at IMS, Thompson was voted team MVP following his senior season in which he averaged 19.5 points and 5.2 assists per game.

An academic all-conference player, Thompson will study computer science at Hesston. He attends Kalona Mennonite Church and is involved in the youth group there.

“Payton is a winner who has played for one of the best high school coaches in the country,” Galyon said. “He understands basketball and will extend the defense with his perimeter shooting.”

Thompson is the son of Todd and Sherri Thompson, Kalona.

Men’s basketball inks Hansen for 2014-15 season

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Jacob Hansen, a 6’7” guard from Atchison County Community High School, Effingham, Kan., as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A three-time all-Delaware Valley League performer, Hansen was named all-Northeast Kansas Player of The Year as a senior. 

A Presidential Honor Roll student, Hansen will study aviation at Hesston. He attends Eastside Community Church and is active with the youth group there.

“Jake is a fantastic player,” Galyon said. “His ability to guard and rebound is something we need. Jake is a hard-nosed, versatile player who will add a lot to our offense. We’re excited he’ll extend his basketball career with us.”

Hansen is the son of Julie and Rick Dillon, Effingham.

Men’s Basketball adds Vanderpool to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Kaden Vanderpool, a 6’ guard from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., as the newest member of the Larks program. 

A vital part of MdCV’s undefeated state championship season in 2013-14, Vanderpool is a two-time all-Lyon County League second-team selection. Following the 26-0 season his senior year, Vanderpool was a second-team all-State tournament pick.  

A dean’s scholar recipient at Hesston, Vanderpool will balance basketball with an athletic training major.

“Kaden is a proven winner,” Galyon said. “He’s a high-character kid whose leadership skills will be on full display at Hesston College. I’m excited to witness his contributions to our program and the greater Hesston campus.”

Vanderpool is the son of R.E. and Tammy Vanderpool, Melvern.

Men’s Basketball adds Colorado senior to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Matthew Sanders, a 5’10” guard from Cheyenne Wells (Colo.) High School, as the newest member of the Larks program. 

A four-year starter and 2013-14 first-team all-state player, Sanders was named MVP for Cheyenne Wells High after averaging just less than 20 points per game.

A four-year Principal’s Honor Roll member, Sanders will study aviation at Hesston.

“Matt will be a great addition to our campus and basketball program,” Galyon said. “He’s been a leader in his community, school and basketball team. Matt has the ability to shoot the basketball at a high level and that’s something our team needs.”

Sanders is the son of Mark and Diane Sanders, Towner, Colo. He attends First Baptist Church, Eads, Colo.

Larks survive scare from Kansas City Kansas on sophomore day

The Hesston College men’s basketball team got by Kansas City Kansas CC 61-60 on Saturday, Feb. 22 on its annual sophomore recognition game. 

Both teams battled back-and-forth through a tight second half before Darrion Martin’s (Houston) pair of free throws with 30 seconds left proved the difference for Hesston. Martin finished with 23 points and nine rebounds – both team highs – while Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) added 12 points. 

Now 10-18 (5-4 in Region VI), the Larks travel to Highland (Kan.) CC for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Feb. 26. 

Larks take down Brown Mackie; move into first-place tie in Region VI

The Hesston College men’s basketball team continued its second-half surge in a huge way on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as the Larks earned a statement 82-78 win over rival and nationally-ranked Brown Mackie College (Salina). 

Darrion Martin (Houston) led with 25 points. Beau Palmer (Oklahoma City) added 14, while Jordan Tanner (Houston) and Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) each scored 12. Eyan Roth (Hesston, Kan.) scored 10. 

After starting the season with a 4-15 record including an 0-2 region mark, Hesston has won five of its last six, including a pair of overtime region wins to improve to 9-16 overall (4-2 in Region VI). Hesston is now tied with BMC atop Region VI. 

The Larks travel to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 15. 

Hesston outlasts Highland in overtime for region win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team continued its second-half surge with a 67-66  overtime win versus Highland (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The win, Hesston’s fourth straight, improves the Larks to 8-15 on the year (3-2 in Region VI) after starting 4-15 (0-2).

Darrion Martin (Houston) led Hesston in scoring with 27 points. Jordan Tanner (Houston) added 18 points. Tanner’s pair of free throws with under three seconds remaining in the extra period iced the win for Hesston after Martin’s three-pointer a possession earlier pulled Hesston to within one.

Hesston travels to Lincoln, Neb., for a non-region game against Central CC beginning at 3 p.m on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Hesston men impress in win at KCKCC

The Hesston College men’s basketball team evened its Region VI record at 2-2 following a 70-65 win at Kansas City Kansas CC Monday, Feb. 3.

Jordan Tanner (Houston) scored 19 points on six-of-seven shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for Hesston. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) and Mason Davis (Mustang, Okla.) scored a dozen points each. Darrion Martin (Houston) added 10 points and three assists.

Hesston converted 53.7 percent of shots from the field and 22-of-26 (84.6 percent) from the charity stripe. The game was tied at 33 at the half.

The Larks, now 7-15 overall, host Highland (Kan.) CC at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Mann’s buzzer beater gives Hesston double-OT win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team outlasted Fort Scott (Kan.) CC 81-79 in two overtimes on Wednesday, Jan. 29 when Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) dropped in the game-winner as time expired. The thriller improves the Larks to 6-15 overall (1-2 in Region VI).

Darrion Martin (Houston) once again led Hesston in scoring, this time netting 23 along with five assists. Jordan Tanner (Houston) continued his strong play with 16 points and rebounds. Mason Davis (Mustang, Okla.) added 16 points while Mann finished with 13.

Fort Scott held a 38-32 lead at the half and led by as many as 15 before the break. Hesston took its first lead with under three minutes left in regulation.

Looking to even its mark at 2-2 in region play, Hesston travels to Kansas City Kansas CC for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Tanner’s big night keys Hesston win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team upended Rhema Bible College (Broken Arrow, Okla.) 81-70 on Monday, Jan. 27, improving its season record to 5-15.

Freshman post Jordan Tanner (Houston) had a breakout game with 28 points 13 rebounds – both game-highs – as the Larks rolled to the road win. Freshman Darrion Martin (Houston) added a double-double of his own with 16 points and 10 boards while handing out seven assists. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 12.

Finding themselves trailing 45-37 at the break, the Larks earned this win on the defensive end, as Rhema managed just 22 percent from the floor in the second half. The Hesston offense, meanwhile, took off to the tune of 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) shooting in the final 20 minutes. Hesston converted 29-of-37 (78.4 percent) free throws overall.  

The Larks return home for a key Region VI matchup versus Fort Scott (Kan.) CC at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Larks Fall in Overtime to Johnson County

Hesston’s 89-73 overtime loss to Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.) saw the Larks lead at the half, trail by 11 in the second half, force overtime, lose by 16, and still be an evenly matched game throughout.

It was a strange contest to say the least.

Freshman Darrion Martin (Houston) led the Larks with 28 points, 24 of which came in the second half. He was complimented by sophomore Mason Davis (Mustang, Okla.) who poured in 17 points of his own after connecting on five-of-seven from beyond the arc.

The stat stuffer of the game, however, was Johnson County’s Pat Jones.  The sophomore from Leawood, Kan., scorched the Larks with 41 points on 10-25 shooting, 8-19 from beyond the three-point line. The game’s leading scorer played all 45 minutes of the game while avoiding a single foul. Johnson was forced to use the guard so long because their entire roster consisted of seven players, one of whom fouled out late in regulation.

The first half saw neither team pull away from the other. Hesston’s largest lead of the half, and also the game, was six points while JCCC never led by more than four in the first 20 minutes. While Hesston was having more success in the paint, Johnson was on fire from 3-point range. The half ended with a 36-34 Hesston advantage.

Johnson County vied to take that label with a strong start to the second half. The Cavaliers three-point barrage continued, but the Larks’ offense slowed down. Johnson built a 54-43 lead with 13 minutes to play and looked like they might pull away.

But it was then Martin’s big night truly began as his sudden offensive burst helped the Larks slowly gnaw away at Johnson’s lead until Hesston took it back at 65-64 with 4:30 to play. The teams played fairly even from there culminating in a 71-71 tie at the end of regulation.

Overtime turned out to be a nightmare for the Larks. The Cavaliers scored the first 16 points of the extra period and finished with an 18-2 advantage. JCCC entered the overtime period with three players each a foul away from disqualification but managed to get through overtime without fouling.

“That’s a discouraging game,” Gaylon said. “Give credit to Johnson County for playing well in overtime, but we didn’t get a lot of the fouls we usually get.”

Hesston’s next home game is 8 p.m. against Fort Scott (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

—JD Hershberger, for The Horizon

Hesston starts second half with home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team started fast in its return to the court following winter break as the Larks downed visiting Rhema Bible Training Center (Broken Arrow, Okla.) 88-75 on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Five Hesston players reached double figures, led by freshman standout Darrion Martin’s (Houston) game-high 20. Tra Smoot (East St. Louis, Ill.) added 15 and Jordan Tanner scored 14 (Houston). Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 11 while Beau Palmer (Oklahoma City) added 10.

Hesston led 47-33 at half and never trailed after the intermission.

Now 3-13 on the year, Hesston hits the road for a 8 p.m. game at Tabor College JV (Hillsboro) on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Larks fall to Central, 101-94

The Hesston College men’s basketball team dropped a 101-94 shootout to Central CC (Columbus, Neb.) on Friday, Nov. 30, slipping the Larks to 2-9 on the year.

Tra Smoot (East St. Louis, Ill.) enjoyed a double-double effort, posting 25 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Schilling (Fort Worth, Texas), Darrion Martin (Houston) and Lawrence Ammons (Austin, Texas) scored 14 points apiece. 

Hesston looks for its third win of the year when Tabor JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) comes to Yost Center for a 8 p.m. tip on Saturday, Nov. 30.