Tabor rebounds against Dana for win

by Eric Clark

The Tabor College men’s basketball team experienced the best of times and the worst of times this past week.

The Bluejays beat Dana College Friday in Hillsboro, 86-78, after being drubbed by Fort Hays State 82-48 last Tuesday to move their early-season record to X-X.

“We did a lot better job against the pressure tonight,” head coach Don Brubacher said about the game against Dana College. “There’s some confidence-building that happens when you win.”

The Bluejays were outmanned and outplayed Tuesday night in Hays.

Tabor turned the ball over 21 times and managed just 28.1 percent from the field, 22.7 percent from the 3-point line and 68.8 percent from the free-throw stripe.

Jeremiah Randall led the Bluejays in scoring Tuesday night with 11 points and four rebounds. He was followed closely by Tyson Ratzlaff, who with nine points and two steals.

Tabor got off to a miserable start against Fort Hays, scoring only 24 points to the Tigers’ 50 in the first half.

The Bluejays equaled their output in the second half, but the Tigers added 32 points to their side of the scoreboard.

Against Dana on Friday, the Bluejays found some redemption.

After the game, Brubacher was pleased with his team’s performance and was glad his team got a win under their belt before opening KCAC play this Thursday against Southwestern College.

“It’s important to any team to develop some habit of winning,” Brubacher said. “You still need to focus on the things you still need to do to win, and that’s what we need to do.”

The Bluejays took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 43-42.

Tabor’s defense stepped it up in the second half and held Dana to just 36 points. The Vikings only shot 20 percent from the 3-point line in the second half.

After several close moments in the second half, Ratzlaff converted two 3-point plays down the stretch to keep the Vikings at bay.

Randall led all scorers with 20 points, 14 of which came in the first half. It was the Seward County transfer’s best offensive productivity as a Bluejay. The Tabor trigger-man also had eight rebounds and three steals.

Tabor travels to Winfield Thursday to face the Moundbuilders of Southwestern College.

Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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