WEB FLASH: Tabor stumbles in NAIA 2nd round (March 9)

Tabor College’s drive for a national championship hit a brick wall in the second half of their second-round game against seventh-seeded Northwestern College (Iowa) on Friday morning. The Bluejays lost 71-63 after leading by 10 points at halftime.

The early 9 a.m. start didn’t seem to faze the Jays. They came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, shooting 60 percent from the floor on the way to a 40-30 lead at the break. Tabor was 5-of-9 from behind the arc through the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, the tables turned on Tabor. The Bluejays struggled from the field, hitting under 25 percent from the floor. They also committed a gaggle of turnovers. Together, it enabled Northwestern to mount a sustained run and steal the game.

Micah Ratzlaff scored 21 points, but he was the only Bluejay to break double figures. Senior Kevin Koehn, the hero of Tabor’s first-round game, managed only six points in his last game in a TC uniform. Fellow senior Eric Driggers did not score at all in his finale.

With the loss, Tabor ends its season with a 23-10 mark.

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