The Tabor College basketball teams remained unbeaten in KCAC play by sweeping Sterling Saturday.
Women—Tabor defeated Sterling, 70-55, Saturday.
With Tabor trailing, 4-2, Taylor Deniston and Morgan Ediger combined to score the next nine points to give Tabor an 11-4 lead. The Bluejays maintained that margin through the end of the first period to lead, 22-15.
Sterling battled back by outscoring Tabor, 19-14, in the second quarter. Tabor held a double-digit, 31-21 lead, but with a run of nine, the Warriors closed the gap within one. Tabor maintained a narrow, 36-34 advantage at halftime.
Tabor enjoyed a 19-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Kaleigh Troxell made a two-pointer to ignite a 6-0 Bluejay run to end the period, extending Tabor’s lead to 55-44 by the end of it.
The Bluejays continued to build their lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Sterling, 15-11. Troxell scored five points in the period on her way to a team-high 18 points, as Tabor went on to win by 15.
Joining Troxell in double figures were Deniston 16, and Ediger 12.
Tabor shot 46 percent from the field (27-for-59), compared with 38 percent for Sterling (18-for-48).
Men—Tabor rolled to an 81-56 win over Sterling, Saturday. The Bluejays shot a blistering 52 percent from the field in the game (32-for-62). Sterling shot 41 percent (21-for-52).
Jonathan Gibson and Davaghndre Jones combined to score Tabor’s first nine points for a 9-4 Bluejay lead, and Tabor extended it to double figures, 21-10, when Julian Winton made a two-pointer.
Winton scored seven of Tabor’s 14 points after that, and the Bluejays enjoyed a 35-24 margin at halftime after Kyle Baker drained a last-second three-pointer.
Gibson and Jones scored the first eight points of the second half for a 43-24 margin, and Tabor led by 20, 51-31, after Tullio Parry drained a three-pointer at the 14:10 mark.
The Warriors closed the gap to 60-49 with 8:15 to play, but Tabor burst to the finish by outscoring Sterling, 21-7. Alan Urrutia scored all 10 of his points in that stretch, including two threes, to fuel the fire. In the end, Tabor won by 25.
Joining Urrutia in double-digit scoring were: Winton with a game-high 18 points, Gibson 12 and Jones 11.
Coming—Tabor will host York Tuesday. The women will play at 6 p.m. The men will play at 8 p.m.
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