Jays drop games to Sterling, Monday

The Tabor men battled back from a 31-16 halftime deficit to send the game into first one overtime and then another, but finally lost to the Sterling Warriors on the road, 87-80.

The loss was the Bluejays’ third in the KCAC, but they still maintain a one-game lead in the loss column.

Tabor shot 23.8 percent from the field in the first half, but fired up to 51.2 percent in the second half to put themselves into contention. With the score 61-61, Grant Brubacher’s 3-pointer missed the mark at the buzzer, sending the game into the first extra period. The game was tied again, 67-67, at the end of that period. In the second overtime, Sterling took the advantage and jammed home three dunks to nail down the win.

Ernest Nortey led the Bluejays with 20 points. Scott Brubacher and Tyson Ratzlaff finishedwith 13 apiece. Michael Moncrief scored 22 to pace the Warriors.

The Tabor women, meanwhile, hung with KCAC power Sterling for one half, trailing by a single point at intermission, 30-29. But the Jays didn’t have the depth to hang with the Warriors over the next 20 minutes. Sterling shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half while the Jays cooled to 23.7 percent shooting over the same stretch.

Angela Kroeker scored 16 for Tabor, Amber McKillip added 11 and Rachelle Speers 10 — despite a 1-for-15 shooting performance from the field.

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