Second half turns ugly in Tabor’s 86-63 loss to Kansas Wesleyan

A tight contest in the first half, Saturday?s parents night match up at Tabor turned ugly in the second half as Kansas Wesleyan beat the Bluejays 86-63 in Hillsboro.

In the last 10:44 of the contest, Tabor was whistled for four technical fouls and KWU was whistled for one. Daniel Hann drew the first T at the 10:44 mark.

Nearly four minutes later, Rob Moore advanced the ball up court past the timelime and was met by Kansas Wesleyan?s Rodney Brown. Brown pressured Moore, playing physical defense against the Tabor guard.

Moore made a move to his right and was bumped by Brown near halfcourt directly in front of the Bluejay bench. Bluejay coach Micah Ratzlaff charged the court with his arms flailing complaining the no-call to the nearest official. The official immediately whistled Ratzlaff for the technical. Bryson Flax made the ensuing free throws, extending the Coyotes? lead to 74-55.

Events following a physical play led to a double-technical foul and the end of Damon Dechant?s evening. Fighting for a rebound, Dechant was whistled for an over-the-back violation. Some talk occurred between players and Kansas Wesleyan?s Matthew Dickman was held away from the argument. Dechant and Dickman were whistled for technical fouls. Dechant fouled out of the game with 10 points, seven rebounds.

Some confusion occurred after the technical call, leading to a delay of action for several minutes.

The final? technical violation was called on Ryan Chippeaux late in the second half. Chippeaux fouled out the game with the technical.?

The first half was competitive, starting 12-12 and ending 41-38 Coyotes. Kansas Wesleyan made a 10-2 run get the biggest lead of the half at 26-21 with 9:35 left in the opening stanza.

Kansas Wesleyan slowly pulled away in second half, getting its first double digit lead at 58-48 with 12:50 left in the game.

Wesleyan?s Joe Harvey shared a game high 18 points with Tabor?s Cody Arnold. Wille McCarty scored 14, Mekan Moss had 12 and Bryson Flax finished with 10.

Other scorers for Tabor were Lawson Kingsley (8), Michael Janzen, Ryan Chippeaux (7), Clay Shewey (6), Daniel Hann (4), and Curtis Dick (3).

Kansas Wesleyan improved to 6-8, 9-14 and sits fifth in the KCAC.

Tabor fell to 5-9, 8-15 and is tied for sixth with Sterling. The Bluejays travel to 9-5, 13-11 Bethany on Thursday and host 7-7, 11-13 Southwestern on Saturday.

Tabor lost to Bethany 72-66 in Hillsboro on Jan. 9. Tabor took Southwestern to overtime on a Cody Arnold? three-point buzzer beater on Jan. 14, but fell 76-71.

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