Coming off a 75-70 loss to Peru State last week, the Tabor College men?s basketball team picked up its first victory of 2009-10 in its home opener Wednesday (Nov. 11) against Doane. Behind 20 points from Kyle Kroeker and 16 apiece from Damon Dechant and Dan Hann, the Bluejays beat Doane 76-60.
Tabor took its second non-conference loss Friday at Haskell Indian Nations, 68-54.
Haskell?The Bluejays carried a 32-26 lead into the halftime break, but were outscored almost 2-to-1 in the second half. Leading rebounders Damon Dechant and Dan Hann had 10 apiece for Tabor, but the Bluejays were boxed out frequently at both ends of the floor. Haskell had 12 offensive rebounds and built a 49-32 advantage over the course of the game.
Kyle Kroeker played 37 of 40 minutes and scored a game-high 15 points. His made shots included four 3-pointers. Hann totaled 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Doane?Tabor put up 37 points on 47 percent shooting in the first half and 39 points on 54 percent shooting in the second, and Doane simply could not keep up. The Bluejays benefitted from strong inside-outside play, which helped Tabor?s passers record 17 assists on 28 made shots.
Defensively, the Bluejays clamped down on Doane?s five most frequent shooters, holding that group to less than 27 percent as part of an effort that held the opposition to 31 percent as a whole.
The Bluejays were out-rebounded 51-29 in the contest, but Doane?s total was inflated by 22 offensive boards?a total made possible by 46 missed shots.
Peru State?Down by three at halftime, Tabor rallied to take and hold the lead until a 1-2-2 full court press turned the tide in the the Bobcats? favor.
The Bluejays pulled ahead on a 3-point play by Ryan Chip?peaux with less than a minute to go, but Peru State buried a 3-pointer to lead by two. Tabor wound up falling by five.
Micah Hiett scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in just over 12 minutes of action. Chippeaux totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks in 22 minutes.
Daniel Hann (10 points), Kyle Kroeker (9) and Damon Dechant (9) also contributed offensively, and Dechant led the Bluejays with eight rebounds. Tabor committed 27 turnovers.
Coming?Tabor (1-2) played after the print deadline Monday night at Newman and is set to travel to the annual Sterling College tournament Friday and Saturday. The Bluejays will play Langston at 4 p.m. Friday and Mid America Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday.