Tabor cruises past Bethany College

Darnell Jones-Bowie secures another two points for the Tabor Bluejays. He was the leading scorer during Saturday night's game against Bethany College. Photo by Michael Klaassen.
Darnell Jones-Bowie secures another two points for the Tabor Bluejays. He was the leading scorer during Saturday night's game against Bethany College. Photo by Michael Klaassen.
The Bluejays played against Bethany College on Saturday night at home and won by 19 points. While both teams were closely matched when it came to rebounds and turnovers, Tabor hit more shots.

Darnell Jones-Bowie led in scoring racking up 24 of Tabor’s 87 points. Patrick Roulette had eight rebounds and Shawntez Scroggins led the team six assists.

“I thought our guys played with a purpose and more confidence on both ends of the court. I was very pleased with our ball movement and ability to find the open man. Defensively we will continue to work and get better, especially on the glass. Hoping we can get some carry over into next week,” said Coach Micah Ratzlaff.

Coming – The Bluejays will play the University of St. Mary on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Mary’s in Leavenworth. The game starts at 8 p.m.

Women

The Lady Bluejays secured a win against Bethany on Saturday night, 56-47. They came out fighting and ended the first quarter on a 13-3 run.

Bethany switched things up a bit and were able to match Tabor point for point in the second quarter.

“We’ve been working hard on defense and rebounding because we are just going to have some nights when we don’t shoot it well. They ran multiple presses tonight and just tried to really disrupt the game and chunk up the game. I’m just really a firm believer that if you want to win some championships, you have to win some games like that. Not every game is going to be pretty,” said Coach Shawn Reed.

While Tabor only made 29 percent of their shots, their strong defense allowed them to maintain the lead all four quarters and win the game.

“Although we did not shoot particularly well, we did shoot it well from three. Our shot selection at times was not great, but we got some easier buckets in the second half, some transition buckets where our defense led to some offense,” said Reed. “We shot extremely well last game and you’re not always going to shoot it really well two games in a row, so I was pleased with that. We had 12 offensive rebounds which when you shoot 29 percent, there’s lots of opportunities.”

Tabor forced Bethany into 21 turnovers for the game.

Guard Taylor Deniston led with the team with 19 points. She also scored career point 1000 during the fight against Bethany. She was named KCAC player of the week.

“When you have a player for four years like Taylor, it just pays huge dividends. She’s a fantastic competitor. She did a great tonight and I’m proud of her,” said Reed.

Coming – The Lady Bluejays will play the University of St. Mary on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Mary’s in Leavenworth.