Tabor men’s season ends Tuesday night with loss to Southwestern

The Tabor College men’s basketball team saw its season come to and end Tuesday night in Winfield with a 73-67 loss to the nationally ranked Southwestern College Moundbuilders in the championship game of the KCAC post season tournament.

Tabor displayed the same heart and determination it showed in road wins over Bethany and Sterling but couldn’t quite get over the hump to defeat Southwestern.

Tabor jumped out to and early 12-5 lead but saw the ‘Builders construct a six points lead before Southwestern took a 38-35 lead at halftime.

Tabor was still within two, 50-48, with 14:27 to play, but the ‘Builders used effective outside shooting and physical play on the backboards to hold Tabor off eventually settling for the six point win.

Tabor was led by Andy Brubacher who connected on six of 10 3-point attempts to finish with 18 points while Grant Brubacher added 11 and Brad Gattis had 10 as the Bluejays hit 39 percent from the floor (25 of 64) but had to rely on long range shooting where they connected on 11 of 34 from the 3-point arc (32 percent).

Southwestern was led by K.J. Wilkens with 22 points as the ‘Builders hit 26 of 56 from the field (46 percent) including nine of 22 (41 percent) from the 3-point arc.

Southwestern also converted 12 of 15 free throw attempts compared to Tabor’s six of eight.

With the loss, Tabor ends its season at 15-15 while Southwestern heads to Branson for the NAIA national tournament with a record of 28-3.

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