Larks hang tight with Scotties, lose late

The Hesston College men&squo;s basketball team traveled to Ben Allen Fieldhouse and lost to Highland (Kan.) Community College 71-58 on Saturday in Region IV play. The Larks dug themselves a quick hole trailing 12-4 with only a few minutes gone. The Scotties enjoyed the lead for most of the half, and saw it reach double digits on a Collin Jasper three-point basket (33-22). Hesston got themselves back in the game going on an 11-4 run at the end of the half to bring things to 36-33 at the interval.

Highland turned up the defensive effort in the second half, holding Hesston to 25 points. The Larks didn’t let down, putting in a gritty effort, battling back to take the lead by four points. “I’m proud of how hard we played,” Head Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We had the lead at one point in the second half and they hit three incredible contested shots and we just couldn’t get back from it.”

Shooting guard Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) led the Larks with 16 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Caleb Harris (Dayton, Ohio), coming off a career high 27 points, added 12. Highland benefited from Stephon Jackson’s game hight 20 points.

The loss drops the Larks to 10-14 and the Scotties move to 18-7. Hesston College men’s basketball returns to action Wednesday night when they host Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. The Larks defeated the Greyhounds 66-62 last month in Fort Scott. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Yost Center.