Bluejays sweep pair from Falcons

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Both the Tabor men and women got wins Saturday night at Friends University’s Garvey Gymnasium but they couldn’t have come in more diverse fashion.



The Tabor women used their trademark defense to break a 44-all tie with 10:00 to play on the way to a hard fought 64-56 win over the Falcons.



The game was knotted at 28 at halftime and stayed close until Tabor coach Rusty Allen called for a full court pressure defense that made Friends wither down the stretch.



Erica Hemmert led the Bluejays with 20 points while Stacie Herman chipped in 16 points and five assists in the win.



Tabor connected on 27 of 54 (50 percent) of its field goal attempts including five of nine (55.6 percent) from beyond the 3-point line while Friends struggled, hitting 36.5 percent (19 of 52) overall and just five of 20 (25 percent) from behind the bonus line.



With its ninth straight win, Tabor improves to 12-3 overall and remains perfect in the KCAC at 6-0.



The Tabor men trailed 44-19 with just 2:00 left in the first half before rallying to pull off one of the most incredible comebacks in recent Tabor history to win 63-60.



Tabor was a miserable eight of 23 (34.8 percent) in the first half while committing eight turnovers while Friends hit 15 of 29 (51.7 percent) in the half including four of 11 (36.4 percent) from the 3-point line.



The Bluejays managed to score the final seven points off the first half to trail 44-26 at recess but the second half was all Tabor.



The Bluejays connected on 11 of 18 (61.1 percent) from the field and 14 of 18 (77.8 percent) from the charity stripe in the half while Friends went in the cooler, hitting just 21.1 percent (four of 19) in the second half and seven of 13 (53.8 percent) from the foul line.



Andy Brubacher’s 3-point bomb from the top of the key with 2:24 left in the game gave Tabor its first lead of the night at 60-58 and Tabor hung on for the incredible comeback win, 63-60.



Jared Reese led the Bluejays with 15 points while Chris Metcalf added 11 points-all in the second half-to lead the Bluejay offense.



With the win, Tabor improves to 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the KCAC.



The Tabor women host nationally rated Newman University in Hillsboro Monday night at 7:00 and both the women and men return to KCAC play next Thursday night in Hillsboro when they host the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes at 6:00 and 8:00, respectively.

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