Bluejay men edged in home opener


After losses to Newman University in an exhibition game, York College in the Bluejays’ home opener and a loss Southwestern Assemblies of God University Friday in the first round of the Sterling Classic, the Tabor men’s team finally snapped its losing streak.

The Bluejays played for a convincing 82-64 win over Johnson & Wales University at this weekend’s Sterling Classic.

Tabor now has a 1-7 record for the season.

Sterling—Tabor lost to Southwestern Assemblies of God University Friday in the Classic opener, 69-61. SAGU?led 34-27 at the break, and held off Tabor’s comeback effort in the second half.

Nick Sauer led the Bluejays with 13 points. Reggie Butler was the only other Tabor player in double-digits with 11 points.

KCAC Player of the Week Ryan Chippeaux added eight points and pulled down a team-high 16 rebounds, with Robbie Samuel and Marc Hopkinson adding seven and six points, respectively.

SAGU?out-rebounded Tabor, 49-40.

Tabor came out strong against Johnson &?Wales Saturday, claiming a 31-24 lead at intermission.

The scoring jumped in the second with the Bluejays scoring 51 points, shooting 57 percent from the field and 45 percent beyond the arc, to seal the 82-64 win.

Chippeaux led the charge with his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Butler added 11 points while Samuel and freshmen Chance LeBlanc and JT Nemit scored nine points each.

Tabor out-rebounded J&W, 44-41, and recorded an average shooting percentage over 10 percent higher in field goals, free throws and beyond the arc.

York—Tabor couldn’t pull out a victory in the end, missing three free throws in the final seconds to give up the 76-73 decision to York College Tuesday.

York got the jump on Tabor for an early lead. But the Bluejays strung together a seven-point run, including a three-pointer from freshman guard Reggie Butler, to take their first lead, 11-10, at the 12:43 mark.

York regained the lead, but Butler sank another three and Robbie Samuel got a traditional three-point play to give Tabor a 17-16 advantage at the nine-minute mark.

York reclaimed the lead again, and held off Tabor for a 33-30 lead at halftime.

York came out sizzling in the second half, using a seven-point scoring burst to gain a double-digit advantage for the first time in the contest.

Tabor freshman Cameron Rust scored a basket on an assist from classmate Chance LeBlanc to break the drought, but the Panthers would hover around the double-digit margin as the second half went on.

Play heated up as the clock wound down, and Tabor drew within one point multiple times.

With four seconds remaining, and York College leading by three, LeBlanc was fouled on a three-point shot. But he missed all three free throws, and the Panthers walked away with the win.

Ryan Chippeaux recorded 20 points and led the team in rebounds with nine. Freshman Reggie Butler came off the bench to score 17 points. Robbie Samuel added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Tabor shot only 34 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc, but limited its turnovers to eight.

Newman—Tabor lost by a considerable margin at Newman Nov. 12, falling in an exhibition game, 97-60. The game did not count against the Bluejays’ season record, and stats were not available.

Coming—The Tabor men’s basketball team was scheduled to play an exhibition game at William Jewell College Tuesday, with tipoff slated for 7:45 p.m. The Bluejays will host Benedic­tine College at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Tabor is scheduled to open KCAC play at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 by playing host to Sterling College.

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