Tabor earns road win at Bethany

Jonathan Gibson scores to give Tabor a 65-63 lead over Bethany Thursday. Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points in Tabor?s 91-87 win.The 21st-ranked Tabor College men?s basketball team overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Bethany Thursday, 91-87.

Not much went right for the Bluejays in the first half, as Tabor shot around 35 percent from the field (13-37). Bethany, who shot around 55 percent in the first half (18-33), jumped to a 6-0 lead.

Tabor led briefly thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Tullio Parry and Malik Brooks and a two-point basket by Jonathan Gibson that put the Bluejays in front, 13-10. Bethany, however, tied the game at 15 and reclaimed the lead thanks to a 9-0 run.

The Swedes maintained the advantage until Brooks made his second three-pointer in a one-minute span, pushing the Bluejays in front, 36-35. Bethany closed the half with a 12-0 run in the final 4:03 to lead, 47-36, at intermission.

?Not only did we not come out with an edge to us, which we tend to not do at times, (Bethany) took full advantage of it,? coach Micah Ratzlaff said. ?I thought they were extremely aggressive.

?Offensively, we took really quick shots and we didn?t really want to work. The ball stuck in hands, and we looked like we were lost out there.?

Tabor flipped a switch at halftime, coming out of the locker room on fire. Lance Carter made three two-point baskets in succession, which was the start of a 15-2 run.

By the time Tullio Parry made a three, followed by two-pointers from D?Marco Smith and Carter, Tabor was back in front, 51-49. In the first 6:13 of the second half, Tabor outscored the Swedes 23-4 to lead, 59-51.

Bethany fought back to take a 60-59 lead, and the game was tied twice before Tabor took the lead for good. The Swedes drew within 76-75 with 4:43 to play before John Jedneak and Kyle Baker rattled off back-to-back threes.

Bethany closed within 86-84 at the 1:01 mark. Carter and Brooks scored the next five points from the charity stripe, and Bethany made a three to bring the game to the final, four-point margin.

?Anytime you can win on the road in the conference, you take it,? Ratzlaff said. ?It?s a big win.?

Carter led Tabor in scoring with 21 points. He was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week. Smith and Brooks each scored 17 points. Baker added 11. Jonathan Gibson grabbed 10 rebounds in his first full game back from injury.

Coming?Tabor (4-0, 10-2) will host Oklahoma Wesleyan (3-2, 5-6)?Thursday at 8 p.m. The Bluejays will host McPherson (1-4, 3-9) Saturday at 7 p.m.

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