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Warriors Too Much For The Threshers
January 15, 2011
Sterling, Kan. - The Gleason Center played host to one of the most emotionally draining Men's Basketball games in recent memory. The Sterling Warriors held off the Bethel College Threshers, 70-60, for a very important win that helps them remain in first place in the KCAC standings.
Defense played a huge role in the game, as the Warriors were able to force Beth
el into 21 turnovers that resulted in 24 Sterling points in the game. Sterling blocked five shots in the game and had three more defensive stops than Bethel in the game.
Bethel started the game off hot while Sterling did not. The Threshers went on a 7-0 run to open the game before a strategic substitution by SC head coach Dean Jaderston changed the landscape on the court. Sterling countered with their own 7-0 run and tied the game 7-7. From that point on, Sterling would slowly build the lead until the halftime score was 32-20 in favor of the Warriors.
In the second half, the Warriors came out strong and built the lead to 20 points at the 15:00 mark. A 13-0 run by the Threshers brought Bethel back into the game. Sterling would go 7:00 minutes before scoring their next basket. With only an eight point lead with five minutes to go, Sterling's Cody Brazelton would take over in the paint and draw three straight fouls. Clutch free throw shooting by both Brazelton and Zach Goodrich would seal the game for Sterling with the Warriors on top at the end of the game 70-60.
Goodrich led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points and had six steals while Brazelton also scored in double figures with 16 points and had five rebounds.
With the win, Sterling improves to 10-8 overall, 6-2 in the KCAC and is tied for first in the KCAC. The Warriors next game will be on Wednesday when SC travels to McPherson to take on the Bulldogs at 8:00 pm.