TC men earn two KCAC victories

Andrew Thomas dunks the ball to give Tabor a 51-40 lead over University of Saint Mary with 6:37 left in Saturday?s game. Thomas scored six points in Tabor?s 63-51 win. The Tabor College men grabbed two conference victories last week to improve to 5-3 in the KCAC and 12-7 overall.

Saint Mary?After trailing early, Tabor took control to defeat the Spires, 63-51, Saturday.

?From the start, defensively, we were on our game for 40 minutes,? coach Micah Ratzlaff said. ?That challenged them. I mean, we made some mistakes, but I felt like all 11 guys were on the same page, for the most part.

?Their guards are really, really good, and we just wanted to contest everything. We made it hard on them. I don?t know if there were more than five shots the entire game that weren?t contested.?

The Bluejays trailed by five before Lance Carter scored at the 16:14 mark.

Tabor then grabbed a 9-5 lead on an Andrew Thomas basket at 14:17. The Bluejays never relinquished the lead after that and outscored the Spires 8-2 over the next 5:50 to enjoy a double-digit, 17-7, advantage.

The Spires drew within 19-14 with 4:44 left in the half, but Tabor rallied for a 28-16 margin at intermission.

The Spires came out of the break and cut Tabor?s lead to three 30-27 after a three-pointer at 16:27.

But D?Marco Smith, who was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week, and Dewayne Biggs answered with back-to-back threes.

Two Biggs free throws pushed Tabor?s lead back to double digits, 38-27. The Spires twice drew within five, the final time at 40-35, but Tabor answered with a 7-0 run.

After a Thomas dunk at 6:37, Tabor led 51-40. The Bluejays led by as many as 14, 59-45, with less than a minute to go, and cruised to the 12-point win.

?I thought this was our best team game of the year,??Ratzlaff said. ?We didn?t shoot the ball just unbelievably. But you could just tell that we wanted it, and guys were focused.?

Biggs led the Bluejays with 18 points.

Southwestern?Tabor outlasted Southwestern, 80-76, Thursday.

?Effort was really good, focus was bad,? coach Micah Ratzlaff said. ?We wanted to play hard, we wanted to play well, but we didn?t want to focus.

?We got technicals, we had bad fouls, we had bad turnovers, some bad shots. But we actually kind of grouped up in the last five to six minutes and made some big plays and walked out of here with a win.?

Tabor led 9-7 early in the contest when Lance Carter hit a three-pointer at 14:44. Carter scored the Bluejays? next eight points for a 17-12 lead at 11:58.

Tabor led by as many as nine, 23-14, when JT Nemit drained a three with 9:33 left in the half, but a 10-2 South?western runcut the lead to 25-24 at 6:07.

Southwestern took a 33-30 lead before Carter and Nemit hit back-to-back threes to push Tabor back in front. The half ended with Tabor leading, 36-35.

Andrew Thomas and Dewayne Biggs scored two baskets out of the break for a 40-35 lead, but South?wes?tern tied it at 40.

After the Mound?builders grabbed a 47-45 lead, Marc Hopkinson drained a three to put Tabor in front by one, and the Bluejays maintained the lead the next 4:16.

But Southwestern regained the advantage and enjoyed their largest lead of the half at 65-60 with 7:35 left. Tabor answered with a 7-1 run to regain the lead after a Carter layup.

The score was tied twice after that, but the Bluejays never trailed again on the way to the four-point win.

Carter led Tabor with a double-double, 23 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas scored 19 points, and Nemit and Biggs each added 12.

Coming?Tabor will travel to 16th-ranked Friends (7-1, 16-3) Wednes?day at 8 p.m. and will play at Kansas Wesleyan (1-7, 3-15) Saturday at 7 p.m.

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