Dordt College JV Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 31, 2011

(Orange City, Iowa) By Sam Ekstrom (Dordt Class of 2014)

Though it didn’t quite atone for the last-second varsity loss on Saturday, the Dordt JV found some redemption in a thrilling double-overtime win over their fierce rival Northwestern on Monday.

The 94-85 victory was a back-and-forth battle of big shots, none bigger than Matt Vande Kamp’s game-tying three-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation. Following a 3-point play by Northwestern’s Tyler Stuerman, Dordt trailed 70-67. Vande Kamp, who hadn’t made a field goal yet in the game, found a crease in the defense and drained the triple to knot the game at 70. The Red Raiders threw the ball away as time expired.

Overtime number one was more of a defensive struggle at the end. After James Rylaarsdam, the game’s leading scorer, tied the game at 79, each team had a chance to win it. Northwestern was coerced into a travel in the closing seconds, and Dordt’s desperation heave was off line.

The Defenders jumped out early in the second overtime session and never looked back. They outscored NWC 15-6 in the period, and helped themselves out with some stellar free-throw shooting by Rylaarsdam. The Dordt big-man hit all 13 of his 2nd half and overtime free-throws, getting him to 31 points, a season high.

Lost in the drama was a great comeback by the Red Raiders that kept the game interesting. Northwestern, trailing 39-29 at the break, used a 10-2 burst out of the gates to pull back within 2. From that point on, the teams were locked in a see-saw battle, as was seen with the varsity over the weekend. NWC was led by Josh Vander Plaats and Garrett Sterk in the 2nd half; the two combined for 35 points following halftime.

The Defenders had their early lead thanks to 3-point shooting by Taylor Thompson and Ben Sytsma, who teamed up for 5 treys in the 1st half. Thompson wound up hitting five 3’s in the game, notching 19 points.

The other Defender in double-digits was Vande Kamp, who finished with 13, 11 of them after halftime.

Northwestern had four men in double-figures: Sterk, 22, Vander Plaats, 21, Jesse Tolsma, 13, and John Trnka, 11.

Dordt moves to 11-7 (9-3). They’ll head to Briar Cliff on Thursday. Northwestern travels to Mount Marty the same night.

Dordt Scoring:
Taylor Thompson-16
Lawrence Coleman-2
Bryce Groeneweg-4
Matt Vande Kamp-13
Alex Davelaar-7
Lee Veldkamp-5
Ben Sytsma-10
James Rylaarsdam-31
Nick Wilson-6

Dordt's Current Record: 11-7 (9-3)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 OT 2 Final
Dordt College 39 31 9 15 94
Northwestern 29 41 9 6 89
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 0
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 94
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Team Total: 89
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 0/0
3-Point Field Goals: 0/0
Free Throws: 0/0

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