WEB FLASH: Tabor splits with KWU Thursday night

The Tabor men’s and women’s basketball teams split games against Kansas Wesleyan, Thursday (Jan.18), in Salina.

Micah Ratzlaff’s last-second 3-point attempt with a defender in his face missed the mark and the men lost to Kansas Wesleyan 78-76. It was Tabor’s first KCAC loss of the season.

The fact that Tabor was even in position to win is a tribute to the heroic shooting of Ratzlaff and Kevin Koehn, who combined for 31 of Tabor’s 41 second-half points. Without question, the Bluejays lost the game on the boards, where they were hammered by the Coyotes 44-22. That translated into 23 second-chance points for KWU and only four for Tabor.

Koehn finished as Tabor’s leading scorer with 20 points — all but two coming in the second half. He hit his first eight shots from the field in the second stanza, including two 3-pointers, helping the Jays crawl back into the game after trailing at intermission, 43-35. Ratzlaff finished with 18 points, Ernest Nortey 14 and Dustin Frost 10.

Nortey carried the offensive load for Tabor in the first half with 13 points.

With the loss, Tabor drops to 5-1 in KCAC play and 10-6 overall. KWU moves to 4-2 in the conference and 12-2 overall.

Meanwhile, the Tabor women had an easy time of it, whipping an undermanned Coyote team 75-47. Tabor scored the first bucket 25 seconds into the game and never really looked back. Freshman Angela Kroeker led the Bluejays with 14 points with 4-for-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.

Coach Chanda Rigby substituted early and often. Fourteen Bluejays saw action — each one played at least 10 minutes of the game and each one scored.

With the win, the Bluejays even their KCAC mark at 3-3 and move to 8-7 on the year.

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