ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
Tabor got revenge from an earlier loss this season by defeating Ottawa University Monday night 75-64.
The defense led the way for Tabor. The Bluejays showed a lot of zone defense, which Ottawa never adjusted to.
?Ottawa has struggled some with their zone offense in recent games,? coach Don Brubacher said. ?I was really proud of how our players executed defense and I thought it was a huge factor in the game.?
Tabor again shot well from behind the arc, with Chad Premer collecting most of his 18 points on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point land.
Three other players joined Premer in double digits. Kevin Koehn had 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Eric Driggers and Dustin Frost had 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The win is the Bluejays? second in a row and improves their record to 4-8 in the KCAC and 9-14 overall.
Sterling?Tabor ended a four-game losing streak on Saturday with a dominating 93-70 victory at Sterling College.
The win kept Tabor from slipping into the bottom of the KCAC and in jeopardy of falling out of post-season play.
?It just seemed like that it was a game that went well for us,? said coach Don Brubacher. ?We defended well for the vast majority of the game.?
Tabor shot a season high 54 percent from 3-point range, which help ed them build an 18-point halftime lead.
The Bluejays avoided their usual second-half lapse and maintained a lead of 20 throughout the second half.
Tabor had five players in double figures with Kevin Koehn leading the way with 22 points and freshman Scott Brubacher adding 15.
Jared Hartter and Dustin Frost each had 12 points and Chris Popp added 10. Eric Driggers and Matt Glanzer led the team with seven boards a piece.
?We executed the offense better than we have perhaps for the whole season,? said Brubacher. ?We also took good care of the basketball.
?I think our guys enjoyed themselves better than they have in months,? he added. ?This is because we executed well in both ends of the court.?
Bethany?Tabor fell to the KCAC-leading Bethany Swedes 85-67 Thursday night at home.
After both teams shot well in the first half, the Bluejays fell behind in the second half as their accuracy dropped to 30 percent and the Swedes? increased to 60 percent.
?Our defensive play broke down as we attempted to catch up,? said coach Don Brubacher.
Another major factor was Tabor?s inability to take care of the basketball. They committed 27 turnovers on the night.
?I was most concerned with our inability to adjust to Bethany?s style of defense,? Brubacher said. ?We did not execute the offense well at all.?
Four of Bethany?s starters were in double figures. Kendrick Proctor had a game-high 19 points and Jeff Edwards tallied 16. Freshmen Nathan Hiebert and Dustin Hildebrand each added 14 points.
Eric Driggers led Tabor with 17 points and five rebounds.
?It was a good effort for us physically, but not the execution level we would like to see at this point in the season,? Brubacher said.
Tabor will host Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday and will travel to Bethel on Saturday.