The Tabor College basketball teams succumbed to Friends on the road Wednesday, each suffering their second KCAC loss of the season.
Women—Tabor suffered a 71-58 defeat to the 14th-ranked Falcons Wednesday, snapping a 12-game Bluejay win streak held since Tabor’s Dec. 1 loss to Friends.
With the win, Friends improved its KCAC-best record to 14-0; Tabor dropped to 13-2.
Tabor entered the game ranked 16th nationally in scoring defense per game (58.6), but the combined effort of Friends’ Lexi Evans and Shann Sellers, who scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, helped propel the Falcons to victory.
Once again plagued by turnovers—Tabor committed 31 in the teams’ first meeting—the Bluejays committed 25 this time around.
Tabor dug itself in a hole from the start, as 53 percent shooting by the Falcons (8-for-15) contributed to a 19-11 Friends lead by the first break. Tabor made five of 13 attempts in the first quarter (39 percent).
The hole only grew deeper in the second quarter. When Tabor missed its first four attempts from the field, Friends went on a 14-0 run to lead 33-11. The Bluejays committed four turnovers in the first 2:49. Tena Loewen broke the scoring drought at the 6:16 mark, but the damage had been done. Friends went 7-for-12 from the field in the quarter (58 percent), and the Bluejays trailed, 42-21, at halftime.
Tabor outscored Friends in the second half, including a 14-10 third-quarter advantage. Kaleigh Troxell drained a three-pointer 15 seconds into the period to ignite a 6-0 Bluejay run. By the end of the quarter, Tabor trailed, 52-35.
The Bluejays scored 23 points to Friends’ 19 in the fourth quarter. Tabor’s leading scorer, Morgan Ediger, recorded 12 of her 16 points in the final period. Ediger scored Tabor’s first eight points of the quarter to bring Tabor within 57-43, but Friends stretched its lead to 20, 63-43. A 10-3 Bluejay run over the next four minutes trimmed that margin to 13, but that was as close as Tabor got, and the Bluejays lost by that margin in the end.
Men—Tabor’s 11-game win streak was broken Wednesday in an 87-80 loss to Friends.
Davaghndre Jones scored the game’s first four points, and Tabor led by as many as six, 14-8, five minutes in. The Falcons took their first lead, 17-16, at the 12:42 mark, but a basket by Lance Carter put Tabor back in front by one. Following a 22-22 tie, the Falcons used a 4-0 run to take the lead for good.
Friends led by as many as eight in the first half, 35-27, then Carter scored four consecutive points. By halftime, Tabor trailed, 38-34.
The Falcons enjoyed an 8-0 run to start the second half before Alan Urrutia scored for Tabor with a three-pointer at the 16:49 mark. After Friends stretched its lead to 51-41, Urrutia scored five points to contribute to a 7-0 Bluejay run that brought Tabor within 51-48 with 11:23 to go. But a 7-0 Falcon swing extended Friends’ lead back to 10.
Friends took its largest lead, 63-51, with 8:25 to play, but over the next 4:34, Tabor outscored the home team, 14-4, to close the gap to 67-65. But although Tabor closed within one a few times, the final time being 71-70, the Bluejays never took the lead. A 9-0 run after that put Friends firmly in front by 10 with 34 seconds left, and Tabor went on to lose by seven.
Julian Winton led the Bluejays with 19 points. Carter scored 16, Urrutia 15 and Jones 14. Cody May had 11 rebounds.
The Falcons scored 31 points at the charity stripe with 78 percent accuracy (31-for-40). Tabor, meanwhile, made 19 of 32 attempts at the line (59 percent).
From the field, Tabor was 27-for-69 (39 percent). Friends was 24-for-58 (41 percent).
Coming—Tabor will host Saint Mary Saturday. The women will play at 5 p.m. The men will play at 7 p.m.
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