Koehn’s buzzer-beater lifts Jays over Friends

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Kevin Koehn hit a 24-foot 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded in overtime Thursday night to give Tabor College a dramatic 76-73 win over Friends University in Hillsboro.



Friends tied the game in regulation on a 3-pointer by Marcus Coleman with 10 seconds left to play. The Bluejays had their chance to put it away, but Dustin Frost’s shot on a drive into the lane hit the back of the hoop and bounced away. Friends was given one last chance to win it when a bad call by the officials on a long inbounds pass gave Friends the ball in their forecourt with 2.1 seconds to go. James O’Brien’s 17-footer at the buzzer missed and Tabor had new life.



Koehn took over offensively for Tabor in the extra period, scoring all nine of Tabor’s points. He finished with 29 on the night. Micah Ratzlaff added 16 as Tabor moved to 2-0 in KCAC play and 6-3 overall. The Bluejays won their first KCAC game last week on a layup and free throw in the last seconds.



The Tabor women, meanwhile, cut a 25-point lead to 12 points with four minutes to play, but the Falcons made one last run and defeated the Bluejays 78-58.



The difference in the second half was Friend’s Jessica Trahan, who scored 21 of her game high 24-points in final half. Keli Chisholm, a Hillsboro High School product and former Tabor player, scored 18 for the game, 12 in the second half.



Despite those performances, the Tabor women, using effective full-court pressure, made a good run at the Falcons, including an eight-minute stretch when they did not give up a field goal to their opponent.



A pair of HHS products for Tabor, Angela Kroeker and Carmen Hein, led the Bluejays with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Hein’s hot second-half shooting from the field, and Kroeker’s from the free-throw line were Tabor’s primary offensive weapons in their comeback effort.



With the loss, the Bluejays fall to 1-1 in the KCAC and 5-4 overall.

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