What a night! Mac cagers sweep Tabor

By Steve Sell
January 21, 2018
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It was a night to remember at the Sport Center.

McPherson College’s basketball teams pulled off two of the biggest shockers in the KCAC this season as they swept Tabor College — probably something nobody could ever have foreseen.

The Mac men, who have seen so many second-half leads disappear this season — including a 20-point halftime lead on Wednesday in a loss to Bethany — didn’t let this one get away in a 87-80 victory.

Mac did have a 16-point lead in the second half and, predictably, Tabor stormed back. A late 12-0 run sent nervousness throughout the Sport Center, but this time the Bulldogs cashed in 12 straight free throws in the final 2 minutes as Tabor fouled play after play, hoping Mac would miss.

“I am extremely proud of this team," said Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber, as it was the Bulldogs’ first win over Tabor in five years. "We have had much adversity to overcome this year. After having a disappointing loss Wednesday, it was great to see us finish. A big 'thank you' to the fans who were here tonight."

Mac’s Aaron Bachura was terrific, making 7 3-pointers on his way to 29 points. Garrett Owen scored 13, Jeffrey Oxford added 12 and Grant Munsen chipped in with 11.

Alan Urrutia led Tabor with 12. The loss probably ended any hopes the Bluejays had in the KCAC race as they are now 8-6 in the conference after winning it last year.

Mac goes on the road Wednesday to Southwestern, then comes home for games against Sterling and Friends.

Mac (87) — Bachura 29, Owen 13, Oxford 12, Munsey 11, Watts 8, Ellison 8, Barideaux 6.

Tabor (80) — Urrutia 12, Patterson 11, Cutliff 11, Schumann 4, Baker 3, Horstick 10, Berstain 10, Russell 9, Wilson 8, Clerveus 2.

• MAC WOMEN 61, TABOR 52 — The Mac women set the tone for the night by upsetting No. 16-ranked Tabor and running their Sport Center record to 9-2.

Mac is 7-7 in the KCAC, 11-10 overall. Tabor had won 11 straight games in the series, with the last Bulldog win in 2012. This was a killer for the Bluejays, as it knocked them out of sole possession of second place and they are now two games back of Friends.

Tabor led 27-25 at the half, but the third quarter has been good to the Bulldogs all year and it was on this night. They roared to 20 points to take the lead and then held on in the final quarter.

The Bulldogs had nice balance as Cami Richardson led with 12 points, with Brooklyn Coe (11), Sonerka White (11) and Brooke Racette (10) all in double figures. No Bluejay hit for double figures as three players scored 9 each.

Mac goes to Southwestern on Wednesday.

Mac (61) — Richardson 12, Coe 11, Racette 10, VanDonselaar 2, Roberts 2, White 11, Holt 6, Zimmerman 4, Battle 3.

Tabor (52) — Deniston 9, Bonham 9, Wedel 9, Leiszler 7, Peterson 5, Unruh 8, Voth 3, Mines 2.