WEB FLASH: Tabor men & women fall to Friends Thursday night

One of Tabor’s worst shooting nights of the year, combined with abusively physical play, undid the Bluejays at Friends University Thursday night (Feb. 1) as the Falcons flew past the Jays in overtime, 54-49.

The first half of play was one switchblade short of a street brawl as the two teams went after each other on the defensive end without much interference from the officials. Friends managed a 20-18 lead at the final bell, er, buzzer.

In the second half, play lightened up a bit and the Jays managed to build a six-point lead with five minutes to go — a lead, which, at the pace the game was being played all night, seemed huge.

But Tabor made some defensive mistakes down the stretch and the Falcons took advantage to crawl back into a tie, 42-42, at the end of regulation.

With a couple of 3-pointers by Troy Dusenberry of Friends, and a couple of more defensive lapses by Tabor, and the Falcons were suddenly up by eight, 52-44 with 2:31 left in the extra period. To their credit, the Jays battled back to within three on a 3-pointer and 2-pointer by Dustin Frost, but they simply could not cash in on their opportunities for the full comeback.

The bottom line for Tabor was their poor shooting, whether it was the result of an off night, physical play or poor shot selection (or a combination of the three). The Jays hit only 2 of 19 3-pointers (10.5 percent), and shot 34 percent from the field overall.

Kevin Koehn led the Jays with 15 points and Lance Redetzke added 14. With the loss, Tabor likely drops into a tie (at least in the loss column) in the KCAC, pending other results around the conference.

The women, meanwhile, battling injuries and illness, never found their stride against a Friends team that simply had too many offensive weapons, and lost 68-47. Angela Kroeker led Tabor with 9 points. She and her teammates, though, shot a measley 29 percent for the game.

Friends, meanwhile, had three players in double figures: Foster with 22, Trahan with 20 and Chisholm with 10.

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