Tabor men defeat Sterling 64-61

The Tabor College seniors managed to add yet another game to their careers Saturday night with a 64-61 win in Sterling over the Warriors to advance to Tuesday’s championship game against the Southwestern Moundbuilders.

Tabor led most of the first half Saturday night but faltered in the final two minutes and trailed 29-25 at halftime.

But the Bluejays became the aggressors on offense in the final 20 minutes, continually driving to the hoop for easy baskets and built their lead to seven points with 3:39 remaining.

From there on, it was a matter of converting free throw attempts and just like Thursday night in Lindsborg, the Bluejays answered the 15-foot challenge hitting 24 of 27 for the game (89 percent) including a pair of monumental tosses by brothers Grant and Andy Brubacher in the game’s final 19 seconds.

Brad Gattis led the way for Tabor’s offense with 18 points but was ably backed by Grant Brubacher with 17 and Andy Brubacher with 10 as Tabor connected on 65 percent of its second half field goal attempts to finish the night at 47 percent (18 of 38).

Sterling was led by Tony Stewart with 18 as the Warriors were 23 of 59 (39 percent) from the field and just five of 26 from the 3-point line (19 percent).

With the victory, Tabor moves its record to 15-14 for the season while Sterling falls to 16-14.

A Southwestern win Tuesday night over Tabor sends the Warriors to Point Lookout for the NAIA national tournament but a Bluejay win in Winfield punches Tabor’s ticket to the tournament.

Game time in Winfield is set for 7:00 p.m.

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