The Tabor Bluejays swept their games against Bethel Thursday night. The women posted an 84-47 victory over the Threshers and improved to 12-1 in the KCAC, 16-7 overall, while the men won by 11, 74-63, and improved to 9-4, 10-12.
WOMEN – With improved offensive productivity, the Bluejays soared to a 37-point victory over the Threshers Thursday night. But the game remained close at the start, with the teams trading scores. Bethel never held more than a one-point advantage, however, and the Threshers’ final lead, 8-7, came with 13:39 left in the opening half. The Bluejays never trailed again and later burst with a 10-0 run for a 23-10 advantage when Molly Moran made two free throws at the 7:01 mark. Tabor maintained a double-digit lead the duration of the half, with six Bluejays contributing points in as many minutes. Tabor shot a sizzling 84 percent from the charity stripe in the first half (16-19) and took a 39-23 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Bluejays continued to surge after halftime when Janelle Rust drained three, three-point baskets from the corner in the first two minutes of play. Loren Oliver made a basket at 16:25 for a 52-25 Tabor margin, and Moran sank a basket 20 seconds later to ignite a 9-0 Bluejay streak for a 61-27 Tabor lead at 14:09. The Bluejays’ next six points came from behind the arc courtesy of Jazmyne Smith and Moran. Tabor recorded 47 percent shooting from behind the arc in the half (7-15) to finish at 40 percent on the night (8-20). With Tabor firmly in the driver’s seat, the Bluejays cruised to the finish, ending with a 37-point lead, their largest of the night.
Rust led all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Mary added 11 points, while Hannah Paust finished with 10 to aid the Bluejays, who entered the Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll this week at number 25.
MEN – It took Tabor time to get rolling Thursday night, but the Bluejays took care of business down the stretch for a 74-63 victory over Bethel. Tabor fell behind early but took a 3-2 lead on a Nick Sauer basket behind the arc two minutes into the game. The score remained tight, and Ryan Chippeaux and Robbie Samuel scored back-to-back baskets for a 12-9 Tabor advantage at 13:25, but the Threshers surged to regain a 13-12 advantage at the 11:08 mark. The lead switched hands until a basket by JT Nemit at 9:07 gave the Bluejays a 16-15 lead. Tabor never trailed again. Michael Janzen scored five consecutive points for Tabor, and the half ended with nine unanswered points by the Bluejays for a 37-21 margin at the break.
Tabor built a 20-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half and took its largest lead of the night, 52-29, on a Reggie Butler basket with 10:42 left to play. The Bluejays’ next six points came from the charity stripe, and the Threshers made four of eight shots from behind the arc in the half to narrow the gap, drawing within nine, 64-55, after a three-point basket with 3:41 left to play. The Tabor lead hovered around the 10-point margin the duration of the game, and Nemit scored the Bluejays’ final points with 15 seconds left to seal the 74-63 Tabor victory.
Chippeaux finished with a double-double, leading the Tabor attack with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Nemit added 11 points for Tabor, while Samuel finished with 10.
Coming¬—The Bluejays travel to Ottawa Saturday, where the women are scheduled to tipoff at 3 p.m. followed by the men at 5.