Tabor rolls to two victories at Bethel

Tabor rolled to two victories on the road at Bethel Saturday night. The Tabor women defeated Bethel, 83-62, and the Bluejay men completed the sweep with a 99-75 victory.Tonisha Dean shoots for two in the first half at Bethel Saturday. Dean led all scorers with 19 points.

WOMEN?Tabor baskets seemed to fall with ease as the Bluejays shot 66.7 percent from the field (18-27) in the first half of Saturday?s game, including 87.5 percent from behind the arc (7-8).

Tonisha Dean and Janelle Rust combined for Tabor?s first 14 points, but the Threshers matched the Bluejays basket-for-basket until Dean followed two Tena Loewen baskets with a three-pointer for a 21-14 Tabor lead. The score was 26-21 when Loewen scored at 10:36, and neither team scored the next three minutes. Loewen broke the drought with a second-chance basket and Rust followed with a three-pointer for a double-digit, 31-21, Tabor margin.

The Bluejays? largest lead of the half was 38-25, when Dean scored a second chance basket after Kaleigh Troxell drained a three-pointer. The half ended with Tabor in front, 45-34.

The Bluejays burst out of the locker room with a 17-5 run after Mallory Zuercher made a three with 16:14 left to play. Tabor did not score again until the 10:43 mark when Nikki Lewis nailed a three for a 65-43 score. The margin remained at or above 20 points the duration of the game, allowing coach Shawn Reed to clear his bench. The Bluejays? led by 30, 82-52, when Emily Peterson made a basket with 3:56 to play, and Tabor cruised to the 21-point win.

Tabor shot 62 percent from the field (31-50) including 63.2 percent from behind the arc (12-19). Dean led all scorers with 19 points. Rust added 16, Zuercher 12 and Troxell 11. Lewis had 12 assists. JT Nemit is fouled on the way to the basket during the first half at Bethel Saturday. Nemit made one of two free throws for a 34-26 Tabor lead.

MEN?Coming off a disappointing loss to Bethany Wednesday, Tabor bounced back to defeat the winless Threshers, 99-75.

Andrew Thomas scored Tabor?s first 10 points en route to his team-high 20 for the night. After a three-pointer by JT Nemit, Tabor led, 13-9, but the Threshers scored five straights points to grab a slight advantage. The Threshers? last lead was 18-17, and after a 20-20 tie, the Bluejays began to take control. Dewayne Biggs scored six of Tabor?s next 10 points for a 30-24 score. D?Marco Smith, Nemit and Cameron Rust chipped in one three-pointer each in the final 4:40 of the half to push Tabor to a 40-31 halftime lead.

The Bluejays outscored Bethel 13-2 out of the break to boost the margin to 53-33 when Biggs made a basket at 15:52. Nick Sauer drained two three-pointers in just over a minute?s time, and the teams traded baskets. Bethel narrowed the gap to 69-56 after sinking a three-pointer, getting fouled and making the charity. But from there, Tabor scored 11 straight points for an 80-56 lead when Robbie Samuel made a second-chance basket with 6:24 to play. Samuel scored the next five points for the Bluejays. After Sauer made a basket, Rust and Sauer sandwiched a Bethel three with three-pointers of their own to boost Tabor to a 93-66 margin with 2:08 to go.

The final minute became a three-point show as the teams scored four baskets in succession from behind the arc. Kareem Diop scored the first one for Tabor with 55 seconds left. Bethel answered eight seconds later. Nick Rice drained a three with 35 seconds to play, and the Threshers made the final three with 29 seconds left. Tabor then ran out the clock to win by 24.

Tabor shot 67.3 percent from the field (37-55) including 59.1 percent from behind the arc (13-22). Andrew Thomas led Tabor with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dewayne Biggs and Nick Sauer each scored 14, Robbie Samuel 13 and JT Nemit 12.

COMING?Tabor will travel to Sterling Thursday. The women play at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.

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