Tabor hoops team sweep McPherson on Saturday

The Tabor College basketball teams pulled off the first sweep of the KCAC regular-season with the women’s and men’s teams both posting double-digit victories over McPherson College Saturday in Hillsboro. The Bluejay women tamed the Bulldogs, 68-49, while the men held on for an 85-71 win after leading McPherson by 20 points at halftime.

WOMEN—The Bluejays started slowly, but managed to establish a 13-10 advantage by the end of the first quarter. Tabor warmed up considerably with a 20-point second quarter to take a 33-24 lead into halftime, with Morgan Ediger blazing the trail with 13 points.

Tabor took charge with a 10-2 run toward the end of the third quarter for a 52-36 lead at the final break. A 6-minute, 13-2, run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Bluejays their largest lead of the game at 65-42 with 2:03 to play.

Ediger led all scorers with 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the floor. Taylor Deniston added 13 points, Tristen Leiszler 9 and Kristin Wedel 6. As a team, Tabor outshot McPherson, 47 percent (24-51) to 21 percent (18-58).

The win bumps Tabor’s KCAC record to 2-0 and its season record to 4-2, while McPherson slips to 1-1 in conference play and 5-2 overall.

MEN—It was a tale of two halves, the first one solid, the second one vaguely coherent. Tabor began the game with 10-2 run over the first 3:48 and pushed the margin to 19-6 at the 13:06 mark.

After the Bulldogs narrowed the lead to 24-14, Tabor surged again near the end of the half for a 13-2 run over the final 4:30—including back-to-back dunks by Isaiah Wilson—to take a 52-32 lead into the break.

The strong team play that characterized most of Tabor’s first half all but evaporated for much of the second half, enabling the Bulldogs to close the gap to 67-56 with 8:46 left in the contest.

When Tabor’s Alex Arnold hit a two-pointer coming off the bench at the 8:31 mark, Tabor rediscovered its first-half magic and the result was an 11-2 run over the next 4:11 that resulted in a 79-60 lead. But McPherson responded with a 9-0 run over the next 2:20 to pull within 10 points at 79-69 with 1:08 to play.

McPherson began fouling Tabor with the hope of rebounding missed free throws, but Tabor made six of 10 charities down the stretch to secure the win.

Julian Winton led Tabor with 16 points, Jon Manjon Beristain added 14 and Kyle Baker 11. As a team, Tabor shot nearly 51 percent from the floor (33-65) while McPherson hoisted 79 shots for the game and made only 29 for 39 percent. Aaron Buchura led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

The win evens the men’s KCAC record at 1-1 and 2-4 for the season. McPherson is 0-2 in conference play and 1-5 for the season.