Bluejay men lose 2 in Nebraska

Lance Carter shoots for two during the first half against York Tuesday. Carter led all scorers with 28 points and 12 rebounds in Tabor’s 99-82 win. Julian Winton also scored in double figures with 26 points for the game.After securing a victory over York, the Tabor College men’s basketball team took a break from KCAC competition at the Hastings Classic Friday and Saturday, where the Bluejays lost a pair of games to two Great Plains Athletic Conference schools.

Hastings—Tabor concluded the Hastings Classic with a 77-69 loss to the host team Saturday.

The Bluejays held a 38-31 lead at halftime and were tied with the Broncos at 69 apiece with 1:00 left in the game. But with Tabor plagued by turnovers, Hastings scored eight unanswered points to end the game.

Hastings went 1-for-9 from the field to start the contest; meanwhile, Tabor built an 11-2 lead. Although the Broncos drew within one a few times, the Bluejays maintained the lead the duration of the half.

Tullio Parry drained a three-pointer with 40 seconds to play, and Julian Winton scored off a turnover with 6 seconds left, giving Tabor a 38-31 margin at intermission.

The Bluejays built a 49-40 advantage when Davaghndre Jones scored at the 14:58 mark, but Hastings worked to tie the game at 51. The Broncos took their first lead, 53-52 halfway through the period. The Bluejays battled through foul trouble—Jonathan Gibson fouled out with 4:25 to play.

A Tabor turnover led to a Bronco trey, and Hastings built a 64-61 advantage with 3:16 to go. Parry drained two three-pointers in less than a minute’s time, sandwiching a Bronco three, to tie the game at 67. The teams were tied at 69 with 1:00 to play, but a four-point Bronco swing after that put Hastings in front.

Tabor turned the ball over three times in the final 30 seconds, and the Broncos went on to win by eight.

Tabor committed 20 turnovers in the game.

The Bluejays shot 40 percent from the field (25-for-58), compared with 38 percent for Hastings (28-for-65).

Winton led the Bluejays with 18 points. Lance Carter scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Doane—Tabor opened the Hastings Classic with a 100-95 overtime loss Friday.

The Bluejays outscored Doane 40-33 in the first half, but the Tigers evened the score by the end of regulation, outscoring Tabor 51-44 in the second half.

The teams headed to overtime locked at 84 points each.

Doane scored 16 points to Tabor’s 11 in overtime to earn the win.

Tabor shot 44 percent from the field (38-for-86). Doane shot 47 percent (32-for-68).

Lance Carter led the Bluejays with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Julian Winton scored 20 points, Davaghndre Jones 15 and Alan Urrutia 12.

York—In a battle of nationally-ranked teams, 10th-ranked Tabor earned a 99-82 victory over the No. 17 Panthers Tuesday.

The Bluejays found success offensively, shooting 52 percent from the field (34-for-66), including a blistering 56 percent in the second half (19-for-34).

“I thought we ran our break really hard,” coach Micah Ratzlaff said. “We want to play as fast as we can possibly play. We think that’s a strength of ours.”

Lance Carter and Julian Winton combined to score more than half of Tabor’s points. Carter scored 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Winton chipped in 26 points, scoring eight of Tabor’s first 12 points and tallying 15 by halftime.

York used a 9-0 run to take the lead, 22-19, but Tabor scored the next seven to jump back in front, 26-22. Tabor led by as many as seven, and held a 45-42 lead at intermission.

The Bluejays built a 56-47 lead, only to let York tie the game at 60 with 13:32 to play. Winton drained a three, but the Panthers later jumped in front, 67-65. The game was tied three times after that, the final time at 71. Carter scored a two- and three-point basket after that to contribute to a 7-0 run. Although York drew within three a couple times, each time, the Bluejays had an answer.

The Panthers closed the gap to 85-82 with 3:19 to play, but those were York’s final points, as Alan Urrutia drained a trey, and Davaghndre Jones followed with a three-point play to ignite a 14-0 Bluejay burst to the finish.

“We made more shots and we stayed a little bit more out of foul trouble than they did, and I think that was the difference in the game,” Ratzlaff said.

Coming—The 10th-ranked Bluejays (3-0, 4-5) will resume KCAC play by hosting Friends (2-1, 5-4) Thursday at 8 p.m.

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