The Tabor men?s and women?s basketball regular?seasons ended Saturday in Wichita against Friends. The women lost 64-57. The men fell 82-66.
Tabor hung with Friends early, tied with the Falcons 10-10 five minutes into the first half. In the next seven minutes, Friends went on a 13-2 spurt.
Tabor cut the Falcon?s lead to nine halfway through the second half with a Rob Moore 18-foot jump shot. The 57-48 lead for the Falcons continually increased throughout the remainder of the second half.
Chris Heard finished the night with 23 points, six rebounds and three assists. Romar Jones had 18 points. Chris Jackson had 13. Tim Ellis shot 5-for-5 from the field for 11 points. Avery Richardson scored 10 for the Falcons.
Daniel Hann led Tabor with 12 points. Damon Dechant had 10 points, nine rebounds. Cody Arnold finished with 11 points, two steals. Hann and Dechant each had a dunk.
Hann set up Dechant on a?dunk with an assist driving to the basket in the second half. Dechant cut baseline, handled the pass and crammed it home.
Hann dunked on a tip-putback of a missed shot.
The loss ended the men?s regular season KCAC record at 7-11 and 10-17 overall.?No. 8 seed Tabor will play No. 9 seed Bethel (6-21, KCAC 4-14) in one of two KCAC Tournament play-in games. The game is scheduled for Monday in Hillsboro at 7 p.m..
Tabor beat Bethel 77-42 on Jan. 28 in Newton. In the first showdown at Tabor on Dec. 5, the Bluejays fell 73-68.
The winner will play No. 1 seed Friends (22-6, KCAC 17-1) in the quarterfinals of the KCAC Tournament on Thursday in Wichita.
Against Friends on Saturday, the Tabor women?s basketball team hung around in the first half, fell behind early in the second half and made a late-game surge that came up short.
Friends and Tabor played a close game n the first half, trading leads eight times. The Falcons gained a slight advantage just before the end of the first half, 31-27.
Opening the second half on a 10-2 run, Friends grabbed a double-digit lead with a score of 41-29 at the 14:40 mark of the second half. Friends led by as much as 15-points in the second half, but the Bluejays made a late run to cut the lead to 62-57 with under a minute remaining. Friends held off Tabor for the final minute to come away with the win.
Jessica Halsig finished with 22 points, six rebounds. Alyson Snell had 14 points, five rebounds.
Tynan Honn led Tabor with 15 points, seven rebounds. Vivian Olivera had 14 points. Sara Wyckoff scored nine points and?grabbed five rebounds.
The KCAC Tournament No.?6 seed Tabor women (6-22, KCAC 5-13) will travel to Winfield Wednesday to play No. 3 seed Southwestern (20-8, KCAC 13-5) in the quarterfinals. Tabor is 0-2 this season against the Moundbuilders, falling 58-41 in Hillsboro on Feb. 13 and 62-54 in Winfield on Jan. 14.
The winner of the KCAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the 64-team NAIA Tournament.