Tabor hoops teams sweep Bethel

The Tabor College basketball teams used a strong start to the second half to sweep a pair of home games from their traditional rivals, Bethel College, on Wednes­day.

The women started their second half with a 14-4 spurt to the third quarter on the way to a 64-53 win. The Bluejay men used 12-2 run over the first three minutes of the second half as a springboard to their 87-65 victory.

WOMEN—Bethel scored the first bucket of the game, but Tabor responded with an 8-0 over the next two minutes to grab the lead for good.

Led by Tristen Leiszler’s eight points, the Bluejays led after one quarter, 16-11. Bethel was within 24-20 four minutes into the second quarter, but Tabor outscored the visitors 12-7 the rest of the period for a 36-27 lead at halftime.

A 10-1 start over the first 4:30 of the third quarter put Tabor in charge at 46-28, with Morgan Ediger contributing six points. Defen­sively, the Bluejays denied Bethel even one field goal during the quarter. The Threshers settled for 4-for-9 shooting from the free-throw line.

With Tabor leading 50-31 heading into the final quarter, Bethel got off to a 7-2 start. But a basket by Sammy Jo Peterson at the 5:11 mark put the spark back into Tabor’s offense. The two teams more or less traded points the rest of the way, but an 8-0 spurt in the final minute of the game by cut Tabor’s margin of victory to 11 points.

Leiszler ked the Bluejays with 16 points; Ediger added 14. As a team, Tabor shot just under 50 percent from the field — 24-49 overall, but only 6-16 from behind the arc.

Abby Schmidt led Bethel with 15 points. The Threshers shot 43 percent from the field (20-46).

The win gives Tabor a 4-0 start in KCAC play and an overall record of 6-2. Bethel slips to 0-4 and 4-6.

Tabor will travel to Friends University (3-0, 5-4) in Wichita on Saturday with a 5 p.m. tip-off.

MEN—Tabor fell behind a hot-shooting Bethel team as the game began, and trailed 20-11 by the 13:44 mark. But when Julian Winton scored at the 13:29 mark, Tabor launched a 14-5 surge that enabled the Bluejays to take the lead for good at 25-23 with 9:08 left in the half.

Tabor never faltered on the way to halftime, but finished the half with a 15-11 surge that carried the Jays to a tentative 40-34 lead at intermission.

A 12-2 explosion over the first three minutes of the second half put the Bluejays in control with Bethel calling a timeout at 52-36. Jordan Horstick led the attack with five points.

Bethel never made a serious run at the Bluejays the rest of the way. In fact, Tabor’s reached its biggest lead when Horstick hit a three-pointer with 1:19 left in the game for a 84-61 lead.

Winton finished the game with 27 points, including 10-for-19 shooting from the field. Horstick added 17 points and Alan Urrutia 10 as Tabor improved to 2-2 in KCAC play and 3-5 for the season. Bethel stands at 1-3 and 2-7.

As team, Tabor shot 43 percent (30-70) from the field, but only 12-29 from behind the arc. Bethel, meanwhile, managed only 34 percent shooting (23-68) from the field and made only eight of 32 3-point attempts. The Bluejays out-rebounded the Threshers, 55-42.

Tabor will travel to Friends University (3-0, 5-3) in Wichita on Saturday with a 7 p.m. tip-off.