HILLSBORO—The Swedes men's basketball team picked up an 88-82 win at the Tabor College Classic against College of the Ozarks on Saturday.

Both teams got off to a slow start in the contest. Heading into the first timeout the score was 8-4 with the Swedes maintaining the advantage. After the timeout, both teams started to find their offensive grove. However, with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Bobcats went on an offensive run to take the lead 22-18. The Swedes slowly chipped away at the deficit with the help of their lockdown defense. Three massive three-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half helped the Swedes secure the 42-38 led heading into the break.

In the second half, the Swedes got off to a good start and were able to convert on a few major buckets to maintain the small lead. The Bobcats did not slow down and continued to try to chip away at the Swedes advantage to keep the game within five points. The Swedes did not give up the led throughout the second half. In the final minute of the game, the Swedes converted on eight free throws to lock up the 88-82 victory.

 Four Swedes were in double figures with Shammond Ivory, sophomore guard, leading the charge with 25 points and four rebounds. Kristjian Joksimovic, senior guard and Justin Jones, senior guard, both had 16 points in the game. Joksimovic also had seven rebounds to go with his offensive performance. Isiah Saenz, junior guard, had 15 points and five assist to help the Swedes. Baptiste Chazelas, senior forward, finished the game with a total of 11 rebounds to lead the Swedes on the glass. As a team, the Swedes out-rebounded the Bobcats 38-36. The Swedes shot 45.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range.

This victory brings the Swedes overall record to 4-0.

Up Next . . .

The Swedes are back in action on Nov. 13 when they open KCAC competition against McPherson College in Lindsborg. The game will start at 8 p.m.