HILLSBORO — If McPherson College’s men are to complete their “drive for five,” it appears they'll have to win the KCAC Postseason Tournament just as they did last year to advance.
The Bulldogs, who have qualified for nationals each of the last four years, basically saw the automatic entry to the tournament go by the wayside Thursday with a 69-63 loss to Tabor, which puts them a full four games back of KCAC co-leaders Friends and Bethany.
Mac dropped to 1-4 in the KCAC and 8-9 overall. It had a 27-23 lead late in the first half, but the Bluejays closed on a 9-0 rush take grab a 34-27 advantage going into the break.
The Bulldogs got down as many as nine in the second half, but a 12-0 charge put them in the lead, which grew to as many as four. But as has been their problem in recent games, they couldn't close it out and the Bluejays took the lead with 3 minutes left and never gave it up.
Three Bulldogs hit for double figures, led by Brian Johnson with 12 points. Devirous Johnson and Joey Powers scored 10 apiece. Devirous Johnson also pulled down 11 rebounds to complete his double-double.
Andrew Thomas led Tabor with 15 points.
Mac is back home Saturday as it attempts to break a four-game KCAC losing streak by hosting Kansas Wesleyan. Game time is 7 p.m.
Mac (63) — Grant 3, Lakin 3, D. Johnson 10, Berry 6, DeRoo 9, Powers 10, Shivers 8, Woods 2, B. Johnson 12.
Tabor (69) — Thomas 15, Biggs 2, Nemit 2, Smith 14, Rust 2, Hopkinson 3, Samuel 7, Loewen 4, Carter 14, Sauer 4, Gibson 2.
• TABOR WOMEN 90, MAC 48 — Mac coach Gordon Reimer probably won't even look at the game film of this one.
It was all Tabor all the time, as Mac fell to 3-2 in the KCAC, 7-10 overall.
Tabor jumped out to a 17-4 lead before the teams played on even terms the rest of the half, which ended with the Bluejays up 41-28.
But Tabor blistered the nets in the second half while the Bulldogs couldn't find their shot as they were outscored, 49-20.
Chandler Short was a bright spot for the Bulldogs with 15 points and Cami Engelbert scored 10, hitting all five of her floor shots. Thirteen Bluejays scored, led by Tonisha Dean with 16.
Mac has no bargain Saturday as KCAC contender Kansas Wesleyan comes to town for a 5 p.m. game at the Sport Center.
Mac (48) — Barton 9, Engelbert 10, Jefferson 3, Gillespie 2, Short 15, White 6, Atkins 3.
Tabor (90) — Rust 9, Loewen 6, Lewis 10, Dean 16, Zuercher 12, Dick 6, Wilgers 8, Paust-Leppke 3, Moran 4, Troxell 7, Janzen 2, Peterson 2, Horstrick 5.