Tabor teams 12-0 after sweep at Kansas Wesleyan

The Tabor College basketball teams kept their KCAC win streaks intact with a sweep at Kansas Wesleyan Wednesday. Both teams are now 12-0 in conference play.

Women?Tabor rolled to a 53-40 victory on the road at Kansas Wesleyan Wednesday.

The Bluejays got off to a hot start on both ends of the court. Tabor made more than 58 percent of its shots from the field in the first quarter (7-12), while limiting Kansas Wesleyan to 25 percent shooting (3-12).

With the Coyotes leading, 6-5, Morgan Ediger made a basket to ignite a 14-2 run to end the quarter, and the Bluejays never trailed again. Kansas Wesleyan scored its final field goal of the quarter at the 2:08 mark, then Taylor Deniston and Kayla Wilgers each made a three-pointer within a 30-second span. Tabor led, 19-8 at the first break.

Kaleigh Troxell scored the second quarter?s first five points to aid a 9-1 Bluejay run that put Tabor in front by 19, 28-9. Kansas Wesleyan went 0-for-7 from the field in the second quarter, making just six free throws, and Tabor led, 30-14, at intermission.

Kansas Wesleyan shot a chilly 16 percent from the field in the first half (3-19). Tabor, meanwhile, shot 48 percent (12-25).

The third quarter scoring was more evenly matched. Tabor increased its lead to 40-19 with a 9-1 run, only to have the Coyotes score the final four points of the period for a 40-23 margin heading into the final break.

Tabor enjoyed a 43-25 lead with 8:16 to play after Kayla Wilgers drained a three-pointer, but Kansas Wesleyan began slowing climbing back into the game. Over the next 7:23, the Coyotes outscored Tabor, 14-5 to trim Tabor?s lead to 48-39 with 53 seconds left.

Nicole Decker made five of the six free throws she attempted in the final 46 seconds and Tabor went on to win by 13.

No Bluejay scored in double figures. Deniston led the effort with nine points. Troxell and Wilgers each added eight.

Men?Tabor improved to 12-0 in KCAC play with a 76-72 victory over Kansas Wesleyan Wednesday.

The Bluejays overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, using a second-half rally to get the job done.

Aside from an early tie and a brief, 4-2, lead, Tabor trailed the duration of the first half.

Kansas Wesleyan, meanwhile, drained four three-pointers in a five-minute span and enjoyed a 16-8 advantage with 13:58 left in the half. Lance Carter fired back with a pair of two-pointers, but the Coyotes responded with a 9-0 run to build their largest lead of the night, 25-12.

Kansas Wesleyan scored just seven points in the next eight minutes, allowing Tabor to get back in it.

The Bluejays turned a 28-17 deficit into a 28-24 deficit thanks to a pair of Malik Brooks three-pointers and a free-throw from Carter. Jonathan Gibson scored twice in the final 1:41, closing the gap to 32-28 at halftime.

Tabor embarked on an 8-2 run after intermission to take the lead, 36-34. Davaghndre Jones scored six points in a 1:17 span, putting Tabor in front, 40-35. But just as quickly, the Coyotes regained the lead, 43-42.

Kansas Wesleyan?s final lead was 50-49 before Tullio Parry made a basket to put Tabor in front for good. The Bluejays extended their lead to six, 60-54, only to have the Coyotes trim it to one, 63-62, with 3:35 to play. Parry and Brooks hit two big three?s on consecutive possessions after KWU had closed within one, and Tabor made five of its final eight free throws to seal the four-point win.

Brooks led the Bluejays with 19 points. Carter and Smith each added 13. Gibson scored 10.

Coming?Tabor will play at Friends Saturday. The women will play at 5 p.m. The men will play at 7 p.m.

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