WEB FLASH: Tabor men advance to KCAC semifinals (Feb. 21)

An 11-0 run by Tabor early in the first half put the Tabor men’s team on the road to a 74-59 win in the quarterfinal round of the KCAC tournament Wednesday night in Hillsboro.

The game was tied 6-6 when Micah Ratzlaff hit a 3-pointer with 16:41 to play to ignite the run. Two free throws by Scott Brubacher finished it and gave Tabor a 17-6 advantage. The Jays pushed the lead to 32-19 on a couple of free throws by Ernest Nortey with 3:01 to play and led at intermission, 33-23.

After KWU’s Matt Meyer scored a bucket to start the second-half, Tabor threw a knockout punch with a 15-0 run. Kevin Koehn scored five straight points, then Micah Ratzlaff added eight straight to make the score 46-25 with 12:28 to play.

The Coyotes never threatened after that. Tabor’s biggest lead came with 35 seconds left in the game, 74-47.

Micah Ratzlaff scored 15 to pace Tabor. Nortey added 12 and Jimmy Janzen 11. As a team, Tabor shot 62.8 percent from the floor while holding KWU to 34.6 percent shooting.

With the win, Tabor advances to the semifinal round, which will be played at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Tabor against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Bethany and Friends.

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