The men's basketball team held their end of year banquet on Sunday, April 21, in Philblad Memorial Union. A luncheon and awards ceremony was held to honor the 2012-2013 team and Head Coach Clair Oleen gave a season in review.
The 2012-2013 team opened the season 3-0 on the road against non-conference competition. The first game was a win at Johnson and Wales University in Denver in a game where the Swedes shot the ball extremely well in what was expected to be the norm rather than the exception. The team continued its road success winning a Classic in Tulsa.
This was a team that had to deal with a lot of adversity. First, Oleen's recruit, Idris ibn Idris, was not eligible until the end of Interterm. Second, Alex Loul went down with a torn ACL in mid-November. Third, Ray Purtle was denied an appeal to the NAIA for his last semester of eligibility. Each of these three stretches of the season caused the team to go through periods of uncertainty as they went through drawn out lengths of time not knowing what the outcomes were always going to be.
Eight of the games lost were one possession games. If you change eight possessions, the Swedes win 20 games and finish second in the KCAC again. Instead they won 12 games and finished fifth in the KCAC.
"This team battled every game, never checking it in, always believing and keeping the faith," says Oleen. "They were fun to coach, and fun to watch. How close were we? We were 4-0 against the two teams who played in the KCAC tournament championship game for a trip to the national tournament. From outside the program, it maybe did not look like we were all that close, but within this team, every man knows how very close we were."
They said good-bye to five seniors, Trey Beachum, Danny Dodson, Jake Meyer, Jason Mihalcin, and Ray Purtle.
"We are proud of our seniors and the tremendous growth that they showed over their time here at Bethany and the tremendous leadership they demonstrated this season," adds Oleen. "They have begun to forge a new path for those they leave behind. That path leads us to the return to national prominence of Bethany basketball."
The Swedes ended the season 12-15 overall and 8-10 in the KCAC.
Individual KCAC Rankings:
Trey Beachum – 9th in scoring (13.63)
Trey Beachum – 7th in FG%
Jordan Bieberle – 12th in 3pt %
Trey Beachum – 14th in Free Throw %
Trey Beachum – 7th in steals (1.37)
Dwight Abad – 9th in steals (1.33)
Jordan Bieberle - 17th in steals (1.08)
Trey Beachum – 19th in rebounding (4.59))
Jason Mihalcin – 2nd in Blocked Shots (1.07)
Seth Nelson – 11th in Blocked Shots (.50)
Dwight Abad – 10th in Assists (2.41)
Team National Rankings:
#5 three point field goal % defense (29.2)
#19 offensive rebounds per game (12.556)
#26 steals per game (8.556)
#27 turnover margin (2.0)
Individual KCAC, NAIA and National Post Season Recognition:
KCAC 2nd Team: Trey Beachum
KCAC Honorable Mention: Ray Purtle
KCAC All Defensive Team: Trey Beachum
KCAC Champion of Character: Danny Dodson
NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete: Jason Mihalcin and Ray Purtle
CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team: Ray Purtle
Awards voted by teammates:
Most Inspirational Player: Wade Ahlvers
Most Improved Player: Jason Mihalcin
Most Valuable Player: Trey Beachum
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Trey Beachum
Freshman of the Year: Jordan Bieberle
Jr. Varsity Player of the Year: Devin Smith
Purple Heart Award: Trey Beachum
Thor Award: Seth Nelson