Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:44
The Tabor men’s basketball team is still looking for its first win after the 0-5 Bluejays dropped a contest with Benedictine College Tuesday before going winless at the Tiger Classic this weekend, hosted by Doane College.
Tabor took on Hastings College Saturday after playing the host team Friday.
“We are not completely healthy and have been using multiple lineups to survive the non-conference season,” said coach Micah Ratzlaff.
“So hopefully sooner than later we can get some consistent play and get on track.”
Tiger Classic—Tabor lost two non-conference contests with undefeated teams this weekend at Doane College in Crete, Neb.
“We played inconsistent basketball all weekend against two very good teams,” said coach Micah Ratzlaff. “Too many mental errors and not enough defense to finish games off.”
Tabor fell behind by double digits in the first half against Doane College, but rallied at the beginning of the second half for an 18-1 run to take a 49-44 lead with 14:01 remaining.
The Tigers took a one-point lead at 8:41, but could do little to extend the margin. But the Bluejays froze offensively in the last two minutes, scoring just four points, to give Doane the victory at the line, 85-71.
Freshman Chance LeBlanc led the Bluejay attack for the second time this week with 17 points, as well as contributing seven assists and three steals. Classmate Brent Jackson added 12 points and Robbie Samuel also made double digits with 10.
Tabor shot 42 percent from the field and 35 percent in three-point shooting, committing 11 turnovers and adding 12 assists.
The Tigers won the battle on the boards, 43-29.
A fast first half couldn’t propel Tabor past Hastings College Saturday as the Bluejays lost, 71-57.
Tabor began with a 15-6 run over the first 6:30 of play time for an early lead. But Hastings put together a 13-5 run to tie it, 35-all, at the break.
Hastings swished a three-point shot moments into the second half to take a lead the Broncos would hold over Tabor for the rest of the game.
The Bluejays shot 42 percent from the field and only 10 percent from beyond the arc in the second half. They lost on the glass, 36-24.
Senior Ryan Chippeaux led the Bluejay in double figures with 15 points. Nick Sauer and freshman Reggie Butler added eight points each, while Samuel and Justin Malan added six a piece.
Benedictine—Tabor fell just short on the road against Benedictine Tuesday, 66-63, as senior Lawson Kingsley slipped and couldn’t make the potentially tying three-point shot as the clock ran out.
“We struggled against their size early on but fought our way back into the game with a chance to tie with seconds left,” said coach Micah Ratzlaff. “We just couldn't make enough plays down the stretch to get the win.
“Overall I thought we gave a very solid effort.”
Freshman Chance LeBlanc led Tabor with 18 points, going 4-for-8 behind the arc. Robbie Samuel added 13 points.
Tabor shot just 26 percent from the field and 15 from three-point range in the first half, giving up 11 rebounds to lose the battle on the glass, 37-26. Senior Ryan Chippeaux pulled down nine rebounds.
Coming—The Tabor men’s basketball team was scheduled to travel to Newman University Monday at 7 p.m. for an exhibition game before hosting York College in Tabor’s home opener Tuesday, with tipoff at 7 p.m.
The Bluejays travel to the Sterling Classic this weekend, taking on Southwestern Assemblies of God University Friday and Johnson & Wales Saturday. Tipoff for both games is slated for 4 p.m.