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BETHANY PLACES THREE ON ALL-PAC TEAMS
March 3 - WEXFORD, Pa. – The Bethany men’s basketball team had three players selected for All-PAC honors Tuesday when the conference office released the postseason all-star teams.
Earning First Team honors was freshman Lance Beckwith (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God Christian Academy), while senior Petre Petkovski (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) garnered Second Team accolades and junior Joe Testa (Amity, Pa./Trinity) was recognized with Honorable Mention laurels.
It was the first all-conference awards for all three players, who helped the Bison go 17-11, finish second in the PAC regular season standings and tournament and earn a bid to the ECAC South Region Tournament, BC’s fifth consecutive postseason appearance.
Beckwith is the first freshman in Bethany history to earn First Team All-PAC accolades after he led the team and ranked fourth in the PAC in scoring with 15.8 points per game. The 6-0 guard, who was a two-time PAC Player of the Week during the season, averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, while also ranking fourth in the PAC in steals (1.96) and seventh in free throw percentage (81.0).
Games against PAC rivals is where Beckwith really shined, as he averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game against league rivals. His best games happened to come against Bethany’s biggest rival, Washington & Jefferson. In a Jan. 21 overtime victory, he notched his first career double-double with 34 points and 11 rebounds. The rematch in the Feb. 21 regular season finale saw Beckwith fire in 34 again and grab seven boards in a 74-65 BC victory.
Undecided on a major, Beckwith is the son of Levi and Lisa Beckwith of Raleigh, N.C.
Petkovski’s first all-league award comes after he ranked third on the team in scoring (11.6) and was second on Bethany and ninth in the PAC in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game. He also hit 41 three-pointers, passed out 1.5 assists per game and blocked 15 shots.
The 6-7 forward was another Bison who stepped up his play in PAC match-ups. Four of his five double-doubles this season came against conference foes, including a 21-point, career-high 13-rebound effort in a Jan. 28 triumph at Waynesburg. Another highlight for Petkovski came in the PAC semifinals against Westminster when he tallied 17 points, including a huge three late in the game, to help Bethany hold off the Titans 71-67 and advance to the tournament championship game.
An international economics major who earned ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II honors during the year, Petre is the son of Cathy Coleman of Wheeling, W.Va.
Testa served as Bethany’s top man on the glass, as he pulled down 7.7 rebounds per game to rank third in the PAC. He did his best work on the defensive end of the floor, placing second in the circuit in defensive rebounds (5.14). Testa also carried a heavy scoring load for BC, ranking second on the squad with 12.1 points per game.
As the Bison won five of their final seven games this season, Testa’s play was instrumental in that run. He recorded four of his team-leading eight double-doubles during that stretch and was very solid during the Green and White’s two wins in the PAC Tournament over Thiel and Westminster. Testa averaged 11.5 points and 11 rebounds in the two victories while shooting a stellar 91.7 percent (11-12) from the foul line, including a pair with 11 seconds left to clinch the semifinal win over Westminster.
A psychology major, Joe is the son of John and Darlene Testa of Amity, Pa.