Bluejays men rebound from heartbreak

After dropping its Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at home to St. Mary on a late Korie Fisher jumper Thursday night in Hillsboro, Tabor bounced back with a 69-57 home win over Sterling Saturday. Tabor and Sterling were neck and neck in the first half with the Bluejays ending with a slight 30-28 advantage. Heating up from behind the arc in the second half, Tabor outscored Sterling, 39-29. The Bluejays hit 4 of 8 three-pointers in the second half. The Bluejays won the battle on the boards, 34-33, and only committed 10 turnovers. Sterling had 16. Sterling out shot the Blue?jays from the field, but put up 16 fewer shots than Tabor. Three players scored in double figures for Tabor. Damon Dechant led with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists on 7-of-8 shooting. Lawson Kingsley had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Ryan Chippeaux finished with 10 points. Sterling was led byAdam Brown with 15 points, Trenton Stutzman with 13 and Zach Goodrich with 10. Against St. Mary, Tabor led the entire game, until the Spires? game winning shot with under 0:10 to play. In the first half, Tabor shot 51.6 percent and 4-of-7 from three to go to halftime with a 36-32 lead. Tabor went cold in the second half, hitting 10-of-29 from the as St. Mary outscored the Bluejays 37-31. Winning the turnover battle 15-18, Tabor was outrebounded 35-31. Jeb Greenberg led the Spires with 17 points, shooting 8-of-9 from three. The Spires? hero, Fisher finshed with 14 points, 12 rebounds. Brandon Coleman had 12 points. Tabor was led by Damon Dechant, who finished with 18 points, seven rebounds on 7-of-10 shooting. Lawson Kingsley had 13 points and Phillip Jimenez scored 11. Coming?Tabor (1-1, 6-3) traveled to Wichita to face NCAA Division 2 foe Newman Monday and continues KCAC?play Thursday at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina. Tabor returns home Saturday to play Ottawa. Tabor will finish its pre-Christmas schedule Monday at the University if South Dakota.

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