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Dordt College Men's Basketball vs. Hastings-GPAC Quarterfinals

February 25, 2010

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(Hastings, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender men's basketball season came to a close on Thursday night with a 106-101 loss to the Hastings Broncos in conference quarterfinal round contest in Hastings, Nebraska. The Defenders overcame a big halftime deficit to make a game of it but couldn't bounce back from a double digit deficit in ending the season 20-10.

Dordt started slowly and got down 6-0 with 17:26 left in the first half. A Michael Eekhoff basket got Dordt on the board but the Defenders gradually fell behind and trailed by as many as 24 late in the half and were down 44-25 at the half.

The second half started with Dordt still trailing by 23 at the 11:44 mark, 67-44. From there the Defenders would put on an offensive show, scoring 57 points over that span and cut the lead to four. A pair of Jeremiah Slough free throws pushed the lead to 84-66 with 5:05 left. Dordt owned the next four minutes, trimming the lead to 99-95 on a Dustin Katje three point shot with 1:01 left, outscoring the hosts 29-15 in the four minute span.

Hastings made just enough free throws to keep Dordt at bay with the Defenders getting the lead down to four again at the 00:22 mark but a pair of Derek Fletcher free throws gave the Broncos enough cushion to hold on for a 106-101 final.

"At halftime our four seniors said they weren't going to go out like that," said Dordt coach Ross Douma. "The second half didn't start well and we were still down 23 points but we kept after it, got to the free throw line and cut into the lead. We knew we weren't going to make up all the ground in just a couple minutes--it was going to be a long process."

Dordt got 20 points and 11 rebounds from Trevor Wolterstorff. Michael Eekhoff scored 18 with 16 of them coming in the final ten minutes of the game. Eekhoff also got five rebounds and five assists. Chris Sievers scored 15 in the second half and Shawn Keizer added 13. Logan Kingma and Dustin Katje each had 12. Kingma grabbed six rebounds and Brandon Oldenkamp knocked down three three-point shots.

Hastings was paced by Waid Vonts and Kylor Dossot with 22 and 21 points each. Jeremiah Slough scored 16 with six assists.

Dordt converted 32-77 shots after starting the game 7-33 in the first half. The Defenders won the rebounding battle 40-39 and turned the ball over eight times. Dordt also converted 36-40 free throws for the game.

"I can't say enough about the seniors and what they've done for this team and program," said Douma. "They weren't in an easy spot with a new coach and were asked to do some thing differently than they had in the past and they accepted that and did what we asked."

Dordt concludes the season 20-10 while Hastings advances to the GPAC semifinals with a 23-7 record.

GPAC Scores:

Dakota Wesleyan 73, Doane 58
Briar Cliff 62, Concordia 53
Sioux Falls 94, Northwestern 93
Hastings 106, Dordt 101

GPAC Mens Semifinals Saturday, February 27 Game #9 - #5 Briar Cliff (23-8) at #1 Dakota Wesleyan (25-5), 3 PM
Game #10 - #3 Hastings (23-7) at #2 Sioux Falls (23-8), 3 PM

Dordt's Current Record: 20-10 (10-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-7 (13-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 76 101
Hastings-GPAC Quarterfinals 44 62 106
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 11
Logan Kingma 6
Shawn Keizer 5
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Derek Fletcher 9
Jake Marvin 6
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Trevor Wolterstorff 20
Michael Eekhoff 18
Chris Sievers 15
Shawn Keizer 13
Team Total: 101
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Waid Vontz 22
Kylor Dossett 21
Derek Fletcher 16
Jeremiah Slough 16
Team Total: 106
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/77 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/28 39%
Free Throws: 26/30 87%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 36/64 56%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/19 32%
Free Throws: 28/38 74%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.