Dordt def. Tabor 96-91
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt took the lead midway through the first half and never relinquished the lead despite several challenges by the Tabor Blue Jays on Saturday, November 28.
Tabor took a 13-5 lead and was still up by eight points with a 21-13 lead with 13:14 left in the half on a pair of free throws by Lance Carter. Leighton Sampson and Andrew O’Donnell scored back to back buckets to cut the lead in half and Bryan Sumner knocked down a three-point basket with 12:07 left in the half to narrow it to 21-20. Sumner followed with a steal and Sampson again worked his way in with a field goal for a 22-21 lead. The game was tied 25-25 and 28-28 before Nathan Rindels hit a pair of free throws and the lead eventually grew to 51-40 with 1:27 left in the half.
Tabor was able to neutralize the momentum with six straight points by Lance Carter including a three-point basket just before the horn to make it 51-46.
Dordt seemed to reestablish control with a 6-0 run to start the second half and led 69-52 after Andrew O’Donnell converted a two-point shot with 13:56 left in the game. O’Donnell would later hit a pair of free throws to keep the lead at 81-66 with 6:51 remaining.
Tabor had an answer, scoring 14 of the next 15 points over the next 3:41. Austin Bykerk answered with a basket but Tabor had an answer with a Malik Brooks bucket on its next possession. Bykerk added another basket for a four point Dordt lead and then Bykerk got a steal near midcourt and made a free throw after being fouled on the play to extend the lead to 87-82.
A Tabor three-point basket by Kyle Baker, his fifth of the season, cut the gap again to two and Dordt followed with a missed shot. Tabor than tried a three-point shot on the next possession, trying to take the lead with the basket. Rindels secured the rebound and was fouled 20 seconds later and made both free throws for an 89-85 lead. Another miss by Tabor gave Dordt the ball and with the shot clock winding down Bryan Sumner hit a three-point shot for a 92-85 lead and Dordt made enough free throws to hold on for the 96-91 win.
-Leighton Sampson scored 20 points and made his first eight field goal attempts and converted 4-6 free throws for the Defenders.
-Nathan Rindels narrowly missed a triple double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and also had three steals for Dordt.
-Andrew O’Donnell scored 11 and had seven assists for Dordt while Bryan Sumner and Alec Henrickson each scored 15 and made four three-point shots each. Austin Bykerk came off the bench to score 14 and was 6-7 from the field.
-Tabor’s Lance Carter scored 29 points—19 of them in the first half with eight rebounds and five assists as he made 10-17 field goals.
-Dordt was 30-52 from the field and 10-22 on three-point attempts for 57.7 and 45.5 percent respectively.
-Tabor was 30-59 from the field for 50.8 percent success and was 11-23 from the three-point line.
-Dordt had a 32-30 rebounding advantage after trailing by three rebounds at halftime.
-Rindels’ nine assists are a season high for the Defenders.
-Dordt 5-5 this season and will host Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday.
-Tabor falls to 9-2 after entering the weekend with a 9-2 mark.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“We got better this weekend. When Tabor cut it down to two we called a timeout and there was nothing schematically that we were going to change. It had to be a change from within and a mindset. We had lost a couple close games on the road and had to find a way to make a few plays to change things around. Austin Bykerk got a few things going on the baseline and Bryan Sumner hit a three-point shot with five seconds left on the shot clock. You just have come up with a play or two to turn things around. I really liked our mindset coming out of that timeout. I mentioned it before but Nathan Rindels had some key hustle plays and willed this team win,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
Hear the complete postgame interview here.