Men's Basketball

Pilots unable to come up with victory

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Joe Welch attempts the layup (photo by Jeff Welsh)
After battling Goshen and Spring Arbor this week, the troubles continued for the men’s basketball team. The Pilots were so close to ending the skid against Goshen as they fell 77-73 in overtime, and then were unable to hang with the Cougars from Spring Arbor by a score of 67-53. Throughout the last two games the Pilots have had trouble executing on the offensive side of the ball as they were able to force overtime with Goshen due to a late run and only put up 53 points against Spring Arbor. The Pilots were shorthanded in both of those games but seemed to face the adversity well as they had a shot to win it over Goshen and fought very fiercely against Spring Arbor. In the battle against Goshen Thursday night, Joe Welch had a breakout game for the Pilots as he put up 21 points and 12 rebounds. In addition to Welch, Taylor Kolbus had his greatest night of the season as he collected 18 points and grabbed eight boards. Steve Ward also contributed to the Pilots offense with 15 points and nearly hit a three at the end of regulation to claim a huge victory over Goshen. However, there was not a lot to say about the offense against Spring Arbor as they were held to just 53 points and as a result only had two players put up double digit scoring. These players consisted of Kolbus with 13 and Laideg with 11. Kolbus also collected 10 rebounds, giving him a double-double on the night. The Pilots have now dropped a devastating seven straight games and have fallen to 3-10 in the conference. In addition they have now fallen to under .500 on the season. Nevertheless, Bethel has proven that they can give anyone a run on any night all season long and will hope to do that Tuesday night as they travel to Huntington. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
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