Bluejays split games at York

Taylor Deniston, shown here against Mac, led Tabor with 13 points at NOSU at Alva.
Taylor Deniston, shown here against Mac, led Tabor with 13 points at NOSU at Alva.
Tabor College basketball teams split their pre-Thanks­giving games at York College Nov. 21 at the Free­man Cen­ter in York, Neb.

The Bluejay women kept their KCAC record perfect at 3-0 (5-2 overall) with a 68-50 drubbing of the home team.

The Tabor men (1-2, 2-5), who came in ranked 16th in the NAIA, suffered a disappointing second half in an 87-70 loss to the 2-1 (5-3) Pan­thers.

WOMEN—Tabor opened with a 20-15 first quarter and were never seriously threatened by the home team.

The Bluejays took the lead for good when Amber Bonham hit a 3-pointer with 5:45 left in the opening quarter to put her team on top, 9-6. Tabor led, 35-24 at halftime and 55-37 after three quarters.

Morgan Ediger led the team with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Tristen Leiszler added 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field. Kristyn Wedel and Taylor Deniston also had six rebounds.

As a team, Tabor shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor while York made 20 of 45 attempts (44 percent). The Bluejays out-rebound­ed their opponent, 36-21, and dished out 23 assists to York’s 10.

Tabor’s five-game winning streak ended Nov. 25 in a nonconference 84-55 loss to Northwestern Okla­homa State University (4-2) at Alva. Taylor Deniston, the only Bluejay to reach double digits, led Tabor with 13 points.

MEN—Tabor and York battled almost evenly through the first half, but the Blue­jays took the lead at the break, 38-36.

The Bluejays led 48-47 at the 14:49 left in the second half. The Panthers took the lead for good at 51-49 on a pair of free throws by Michael Johnson with 12:40 to play.

York’s lead grew to as much 19 points, 87-68, before Jordan Horstick hit a 2-pointer at the buzzer.

DeShun Patterson scored 18 points to lead the Blue­jays, with Julian Winton adding 13.

Tabor shot 38 percent from the floor (32-66), but only 14 percent from behind the arc (3-21). At the free-throw line, the Blue­jays made only three of 18 (17 percent) attempts.

Coming—Tabor will return to action tonight by hosting Bethel College. The Thresher women are 0-3 in KCAC play and 4-5 overall. The Bethel men come in at 1-2 in the conference and 2-6 overall.

The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men are scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip-off.