TC men upset nationally ranked Southwestern

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The Tabor men earned an upset victory over nationally ranked Southwestern Saturday on their home court. The Builders were ranked 14th in the NAIA and were tied atop the KCAC rankings.

The win comes after a loss to Saint Mary on the road Jan. 18. The Bluejays? record stands at 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the KCAC.

?I am very proud of my guys for coming together and for playing a great game on both ends of the court,? said head coach Micah Ratzlaff about their victory over Southwestern. ?Hopefully we can build off of a win like that.?

Southwestern ?The Bluejays overwhelmed the Builders, 80-65, in Saturday?s home conference matchup.

?A great team effort and an amazing ability to carry out the game plan,? said head coach Micah Ratzlaff. ?I thought we played very smart basketball and gave everything we had to compete on the boards.?

Tabor led 16-5 at 12:31 when Gavin Serene scored from beyond the arc off a Kyle Wallace assist. But the Builders outscored the Bluejays, 17-6, over the next eight minutes to tie the game at 22. Tabor rallied for five unanswered points, but the Builders took a 32-31 lead on a three-pointer at the break.

Joe Penn and Lawson Kingsley nailed back-to-back three-pointers out of the locker room to give Tabor the lead and launch a 49-point second half.

Tabor drew steadily away from Southwestern, maintaining a comfortable double-digit lead for most of the half.

The Builders drew within seven points at 11:14, thanks to an 11-4 scoring burst. But Wallace drained a three off a Phillip Jimenez assist to give the Bluejays a 58-44 lead with nine minutes left to play.

Southwestern once again broke double digits, narrowing the lead to eight points with 2:24 remaining. But Ryan Chippeaux, Kingsley, Jimenez, Wallace and Penn accounted for 10 points from the free-throw line in the last 2:09 of the game to pick up the win.

Penn scored 22 points for Tabor, with Chippeaux adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Kingsley and Serene contributed 11 points each, leading the Bluejays from three-point range with nine points.

Saint Mary?The Bluejays let a first-half lead slip away in the second half as the Spires claimed an 88-79 victory.

Tabor used a four-guard front to compensate for the loss of injured forward Dylan Clark-Knaeble, who is out for the season with a broken hand.

?It was a tough game,? said head coach Micah Ratzlaff. ?We could not get enough stops in the second half and let some shooters get loose for too many good looks. It was our first game without Dylan and our new, smaller lineup. I was pleased with our effort overall.?

Tabor?s guards accounted for 43 points in the first half thanks to 53 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Tabor led, 43-42, at the break. But the Spires came roaring back to outscore the Bluejays by 10 points in the second half and secured the nine-point victory.

Tabor was out-rebounded, 39-25, and shot 44 percent from the field. Ryan Chippeaux led the Tabor with 18 points, while Law?son Kingsley, Phillip Jimenez and Joe Penn contributed 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Coming?Tabor is scheduled to play at McPherson College Thursday and play Kansas Wesleyan Saturday. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. See hillsborofreepress.com for same-night coverage.

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