Tabor wins two over McPherson

The Tabor College basketball teams swept McPherson Thursday night.

Jurnee ReidWomen—Tabor earned a narrow, 66-64 victory over the Bulldogs, Thursday.

The Bluejays scored four points in the first six minutes of play, then Amber Bonham and Nicole Decker contributed to a 6-0 run to put Tabor in front, 10-7. Tabor maintained a narrow, 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bluejays extended their margin in the second quarter, taking a double-digit, 27-16 lead when Morgan Ediger scored at the 3:53 mark. At halftime, Tabor led, 29-22.

However, when Tabor missed its first seven attempts from the field, McPherson took advantage with a 14-3 run to jump in front, 36-32. Tabor made three free-throws during that stretch.

Bonham broke the ice with a three-pointer at the 3:42 mark, and Tristen Leiszler gave Tabor the lead back, 40-38, with a trey with 2:27 left in the period. Tabor led by that same margin, 48-46, at the final break.

Each team scored 18 in the fourth quarter. Tabor trailed by two, 53-51, with 6:30 to play, but Webber drained a three-pointer to ignite a 7-2 run that gave the Bluejays the lead for good. Webber scored five of Tabor’s final eight points, including her second three with 2:11 to play. Taylor Deniston made three of four free-throws down the stretch to solidify the win.

Webber led the Bluejays with 12 points. Bonham scored 10.

Men—Tabor earned an 82-75 victory Thursday, carried by its starters, who each scored in double figures.

The Bluejays shot 52 percent from the field (29-for-56), including a blistering 61 percent in the second half (17-for-28). The Bluejays limited the Bulldogs to 39 percent shooting (26-for-67), including 41 percent from three (13-for-32).

The game was tied four times in the first eight minutes, including at 15, but from there, McPherson built a 21-16 lead. Tabor closed the gap to 26-24 when Julian Winton scored at the 7:09 mark, but then the Bulldogs stretched their advantage to seven, 31-24. Tabor ended the half on a 14-3 run. Alan Urrutia drained two three-pointers during that stretch to finish the first half with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Tabor led, 38-34 at halftime.

Urrutia made his fifth three-pointer less than a minute into the second half, but McPherson found success beyond the arc as well, making seven of 15 attempts (47 percent) in the second half, including one at the 9:19 mark that gave the Bulldogs a 60-58 lead.

Jonathan Gibson scored two baskets in succession, then Lance Carter scored, and the Bluejays maintained the advantage the rest of the way. The Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 73-71 with 1:23 to play but Tabor stretched its margin to seven with a string of five points.

Tabor made four of six free-throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the win.

Carter led the Bluejay effort with 16 points. Urrutia added 15, Davaghndre Jones 12, Winton 12 and Tullio Parry 11.

Coming—Tabor will travel to Ottawa Saturday. The women will play at 3 p.m. The men will play at 5 p.m.

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