Tabor sweeps McPherson, Bluejay women clinch KCAC title

The Tabor College basketball teams improved to 16-0 in KCAC play with a sweep of McPherson Saturday.Taylor Deniston draws a foul during the second quarter at McPherson. She made both free throws to give Tabor a 29-23 lead.

Women?Tabor clinched the KCAC title by defeating McPherson, 62-45, Saturday.

After a fast-paced game at Oklahoma Wesleyan two days prior, it took time for the Bluejays to settle in. McPherson led, 16-14, before Tabor regained a 17-16 advantage as the first quarter ended.

Tabor went on an 8-2 run to start the second quarter. Tena Loewen and Taylor Hurd contributed to the run. Tabor led, 29-24, at halftime. Loewen scored seven of Tabor?s 12 points in the period.

After McPherson trimmed the margin to two with a three-pointer, Tabor responded with five unanswered points. The Bluejays ended the third quarter with a 5-0 run when Jurnee Reid made a free throw then grabbed a steal and scored, then Amber Bonham made a two-pointer, putting Tabor?s lead in double figures, 44-34.

The Bulldogs made the fourth quarter?s first basket then went 7:46 without a field goal. Tabor found success inside and went on a 16-1 run during that stretch. Six Bluejays contributed to the scoring burst, which put Tabor in front, 60-37, with 2:21 to play.

McPherson made its second field goal of the period with 1:58 to play and scored six unanswered points. Tabor went on to win by 19.

Loewen led Tabor?s effort with 14 points. Reid added 12.Lance Carter draws a foul at the end of the first half at McPherson Saturday. He made both free throws to give Tabor a 41-31 halftime lead.

Men?Tabor earned a double-digit victory over McPherson Saturday, 91-80.

The teams combined for 26 made three-point attempts in the contest. Tabor shot 48 percent from beyond the arc in the game (12-25).

Five of Tabor?s threes came in the first seven minutes of action. Malik Brooks hit three in them to contribute to a 21-8 Bluejay lead.

McPherson fired back with three consecutive treys to trim the margin to four. Tabor led, 30-27, with 4:32 left in the first half, but Alan Urrutia drained a three-pointer to ignite an 11-4 burst to end the half, giving Tabor a double-digit, 41-31, advantage at intermission.

Tabor continued to build its lead after halftime. Lance Carter scored six points for the Bluejays in a 1:30 stretch, then D?Marco Smith made a trey to give Tabor a 55-35 lead with 16:17 to go. Tabor?s largest lead was 76-54 after Tullio Parry scored with 7:29 to play.

The Bulldogs made five three-pointers in less than three minutes to narrow the gap to 83-73, but Tabor?s lead remained in double figures the rest of the way, and the Bluejays went on to win by 11.

Carter led the Bluejays with a double-double performance with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brooks scored 17 points, Smith 16 and Davaghndre Jones 11.

Coming?Tabor will host Sterling Thursday. The women will play at 6 p.m. The men will play at 8 p.m.

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