WEB FLASH: Tabor men escape Thresher rally (Feb. 15)

Bethel College made a run at Tabor at the end, but the Bluejays hung on for a 56-52 win Thursday night in Hillsboro. With the win, and with St. Mary’s win over Bethany on Thursday night, the Bluejays and Spires will finish the regular season with a showdown for the KCAC title Saturday night in Leavenworth.

Bethel got on the board first, but the hot shooting of Kevin Koehn soon put Tabor on top. The Bluejays never relinquished the lead after Koehn’s 3-pointer gave them the lead, 8-5, with 15:47 to play.

Tabor led by seven at intermission, 26-19, then extended the lead to as much as 15 points on a Micah Ratzlaff dunk with 13:21 to play. But Bethel never gave up and fought their way back into contention. They pulled to within two points, 54-52 with 42 seconds left. But two free throws by Koehn with five seconds left put the game on ice.

Koehn led all scorers with 26. Ratzlaff added 10.

Meanwhile, the Tabor women played one of their better games of the season and avenged an earlier loss to Bethel, 66-47. The Jays led by 12 at half. The Threshers pulled to within five points early in the second half, but the Jays kept their poise and pulled away in the last four minutes.

Angela Kroeker led Tabor with 19 points. Holly Ross and Meaghan Coe added 12 points a piece. With the win, Tabor moves to 7-10 in the KCAC and 12-14 overall.

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