Tabor wins final games of Holiday Classic

The Tabor College basketball teams ended the Holiday Classic with a pair of wins Saturday.Jurnee Reid scores to give Tabor a 26-14 lead during the second quarter against Central Christian Saturday.

Women?Coming off a big win over MidAmerica Nazarene the night before, Tabor kept momentum rolling Saturday by cruising to a 96-62 victory over Central Christian.

The Bluejays shot 52 percent from the field in the game (39-75), while limiting the visiting Tigers to just under 36 percent (24-67). The Bluejays dished out 25 assists.

Tabor never trailed in the game. The Tigers hung around at the start, but the Bluejays closed the first half with a 7-2 run for a 19-10 margin at the first break.

Tabor enjoyed its first double-digit lead when Tena Loewen scored 20 seconds into the second quarter. After a Tiger two-pointer, Kaleigh Troxell drained a trey. Tabor?s lead remained in double figures the rest of the way.

With the Bluejays in front, 30-18, Nicole Decker scored to ignite an 11-0 run. Central Christian?s scoring drought lasted more than three minutes, allowing Tabor to build a 41-18 lead. The Bluejays enjoyed a 48-29 margin at halftime.Kaleigh Troxell scores to give Tabor an 80-56 lead over Central Christian.

Loewen scored to open the third quarter, then Mallory Zuercher scored Tabor?s next nine points for a 59-38 advantage. Tabor?s next four baskets were three-pointers, courtesy of Morgan Ediger, Amber Bonham and Taylor Deniston, which put the Bluejays in front, 71-49, after three quarters of play.

Coach Shawn Reed cleared his bench in the fourth quarter as Tabor built to its largest lead at the end. Fifteen Bluejays got in the scoring column. Troxell led the effort with 12 points. Zuercher added 11, and Loewen 10.

Men?Tabor rebounded from a lackluster performance the night before by defeating York Saturday, 75-61.

The Bluejays shot 50 percent from the field (27-54), and enjoyed a better start to the game. Tabor built a 6-0 lead and maintained it until the Panthers scored seven unanswered points to tie the game at 24.

Following a Bluejay timeout, D?Marco Smith drained a trey, then Lance Carter made a two-pointer. By the time Malik Brooks made a three, Tabor was in front, 32-24. The Bluejays led, 38-31, at halftime. Davaghndre Jones draws a foul early in the game against York. He made both free throws to give Tabor an early, 4-0 lead.

Carter, Jonathan Gibson and Davaghndre Jones scored in succession to start the second half for a 13-point spread. York closed the gap to six, 50-44, five minutes later.

Tabor responded with a string of six points, and the closest York got after that was within nine. A free-throw by Jones with 8:09 left in the game put Tabor in double figures for good. Tabor led by as many as 16 en-route to the 14-point win.

Brooks led all scorers with 14 points. Carter added 13, Gibson 12 and Jones 10.

Coming?Tabor will resume conference play at Saint Mary Thursday. The women will play at 6 p.m., and the men?s game will start at 8 p.m.

For scores and updates during games, follow Janae on Twitter @Janaerem13Jonathan Gibson splits two York defenders and eyes the basket during the first half Saturday. Gibson scored 12 points in Tabor?s 75-61 win.

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