The Tabor College men?s basketball team dropped both games at the Hastings (Neb.) College Thanksgiving Classic this weekend after suffering a road loss to Haskell Indian Nations Univer?sity earlier in the week.
?We aren?t playing bad basketball,? coach Micah Ratzlaff said. ?We just aren?t playing smart basketball, and we have to figure out how to finish games better.?
The Bluejays have a 3-6 season record going into the start of conference play this week.
Doane?The Bluejays lost to Doane College, 86-81, Saturday at Hastings.
The trailed only by a basket at the break, 48-46, and were outscored by only three points, 38-35, in the second half.
But the Bluejays never could come up with a run to get the win.
Joe Penn provided spark on offense by scoring 24 points, including four shots from beyond the arc. Lawson Kingsley finished just behind him with 22 points, including four three-pointers.
Rico Wells and Kyle Wallace also hit double digits for Tabor, with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bluejays shot 46 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc. They made 87 percent of their free throws.
Tabor put in a strong effort on the boards, tying Doane with 26 rebounds.
Antonio Higgins led Tabor with eight.
The Bluejays committed 18 turnovers to 12 for Doane.
Hastings?Tabor dropped a 70-68 heartbreaker to host Hastings College Friday.
The Bluejays could not overcome a 28-23 halftime deficit but did outscore Hastings, 45-42, in the second half.
Lawson Kingsley led Bluejay scoring with 20 points, with Philip Jimenez and Joe Penn adding 14 and 11, respectively.
Tabor managed only 35 percent shooting from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc. They shot 75 percent average from the free-throw line.
Dylan Clark-Knaeble and Antonio Higgins led the defense with six and five rebounds, but Tabor was out-rebounded, 39-25.
The Bluejays did manage to hang onto the ball, though, committing six fewer turnovers at 16-10.
Haskell?Tabor suffered its second loss of the season to the Indians Nov. 22, this time by a slim 70-68 margin on the road.
Tabor trailed, 33-31, at the break, then pulled even with the Indians at 37-37 in the second half, but couldn?t hold the lead at the end.
Lawson Kingsley, Ryan Chippeaux and Michael Janzen each scored 12 points to pace the Bluejays. Rico Wells added 10.
The Bluejays shot 47 percent shooting from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. They made only 62 percent of their free throws.
Chippeaux led on the boards with five rebounds. Dylan Clark-Knaeble, Kingsley, Kyle Wallace and Antonio Higgs each chipped in four.
As a team, Tabor was severely out-rebounded, 41-27.
They did win the turnover war, committing 11 turnovers to the Indians? 15.
Coming?The Bluejays were scheduled to begin Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday with a road game against Southwestern College, then will McPherson College Saturday.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Saturday.