Tabor men win one, lose one at home Holiday Classic



The Tabor men?s basketball team defeated Concordia but lost to MidAmerica Nazarene University at the Tabor Holiday Classic last weekend.

Because non-conference split puts the Bluejays at 6-9 to close out 2011.

MidAmerica Nazarene?Tabor lost to MidAmerica, 86-72, Saturday in its second game of the Classic despite a 30-point performance from senior Lawson Kingsley, who drained four three-pointers and nine field goals.

?I thought Lawson Kingsley had a great weekend shooting the ball and really kept us hanging around all night,? said coach Micah Ratzlaff. ?It just wasn’t enough.?

But Tabor?s three-point shooting across the board, which gave the Bluejays the edge against Concordia the previous game, backfired early against MidAmerica. The Bluejays made just one of 15 attempts from behind the arc as MidAmerica outscored Tabor, 43-33, in the first half.

Tabor?s shooting improved in the second half to 54 percent from beyond the arc and 43 percent overall, but MidAmerica still outscored the Bluejays, 43-39, to secure the win.

Ryan Chippeaux, Max Frise and Joe Penn chipped in 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Tabor.

MidAmerica held the advantage on the glass, pulling down 36 rebounds to Tabor?s 23. The Pioneers shot 62 percent from field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc.

In contrast, Tabor shot 41 percent from the field and just 27 percent from three-point range.

?We were not mentally prepared to play,? Ratzlaff said. ?We were a little banged up from the night before and had two starters throwing up before the game. No excuses, but we just couldn?t get in a groove on either side of the court. MidAmerica is a really good team and if you don?t show up they will do some damage.?

Ratzlaff said he hoped the Bluejays can get healthy and ready for conference play Thursday.

Concordia?Tabor earned a 66-54 victory Friday to kick off its home tournament.

?I thought we played well coming off such a 20-day break,? coach Micah Ratzlaff said.

The Bluejays had a rocky start, though, letting the Bulldogs go up 6-2 on back-to-back three-point shots.

But Tabor senior Lawson Kingsley drained a three-pointer at 16:16 to spark the Bluejay offense. Kingsley would go on to light up the gym from beyond the arc all night long, scoring nine of his 14 points from three-point range.

Max Frise hit a three-pointer at 15:01 and Kingsley followed it up with another basket a minute later to give Tabor its first lead of the game.

That prompted an all-out battle for the lead, which the Bluejays won with 50 percent shooting from three-point range. Tabor made five of 10 attempts, with Phillip Jimenez contributing two three-pointers in the first half.

The Bluejays held a slim lead, 30-28, at the break.

If the Jays were hot beyond the arc in the first half, they were sizzling from there in the second, improving to 66 percent along with 4-for-6 shooting to help them outscore Concordia, 36-26, in the second half.

Tabor began to pull away in the first part of the second half, helped by three-pointers from Joe Penn and Frise at 18:50 and 15:53. Kingsley and Jimenez each drained a three-pointer two and four minutes later, giving Tabor a comfortable 50-40 lead with 11:41 remaining to play.

Concordia staged a late comeback, drawing to within 59-54 at the 2:17 mark, but the Bluejays were solid at the line to secure the 66-54 win.

Though Kingsley led the Bluejays in scoring, Jimenez and Dylan Clark-Knaeble also had big nights with 13 points each and Penn added 11.

Clark-Knaeble secured the double-double with 12 rebounds, helping the Bluejays outrebound the Bulldogs, 41-37.

Tabor scored 10 second-chance points to Concordia?s two, but this game was won beyond the arc, with the Bluejays shooting 56 percent game from long range to Concordia?s 30 percent.

?Lawson Kingsley set the tone offensively and shot the ball really well,? Ratzlaff said. ?Dylan Clark-Knaeble had a great stretch in the second half when we were struggling to find offense. Ryan Chippeaux did a great job defensively on their leading scorer, holding him to 11 points.

?It was a team effort and I was really pleased with our ability to finish the game.?

Coming?The Bluejays return to KCAC action Thursday, hitting the road for a contest with Bethany College before hosting Bethel College Saturday.

Tip-off for Bethany is at 8 p.m. and for Bethel at 7 p.m. Go to for same-night coverage.

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