Sterling, Kan. - The Sterling College Warriors booked their ticket to Hartman Arena for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Tournament Finals by defeated the Tabor College Bluejays this afternoon 74-60 at the Gleason Center in Sterling, Kansas. Sterling was able to overcome a monster game by Tabor's Damon Dechant, who had 31 points and 11 rebounds. The Warriors countered Dechant with three point shooting as Sterling scored 30 points from behind the stripe in the game.
In the first half, SC came out strong and put the Bluejays down big early. Sterling started the game on a 20-6 run that included Trent Stutzman hitting two of his six first half three pointers. Through an up tempo style of play, Sterling was able to build the lead to 23 points with 5:55 to play in the first half. At that point, Tabor switched defensive philosophy to a 2-3 zone from mostly man-to-man.
During the remaining time in the first half, Tabor would go on an 11-3 run to close the half and trail only by 15 points. A three point basket by Lawson Kingsley would start the run, and Dechant would finish the run with two free throws. At the half, Sterling led 41-26.
In the second half, Tabor's zone defense continued to frustrate Sterling. The Bluejays would cut the