Morningside defeats Dordt 85-83 in overtime.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a match up 3-4 teams, Dordt and Morningside needed an overtime session to decide a winner in their GPAC contest on Tuesday night, November 24 in Sioux City. A tip-in with 11 seconds remaining proved to be the winning margin as Morningside prevailed.
The hosts led much of the first half, building a 26-20 lead with 6:55 left in the half after a Brody Van Ginkel lay up. Dordt narrowed the difference to two on a Leigton Sampson basket a little over a minute later but the Mustangs put together another run to lead 33-26 with 2:28 left in the half. Dordt scored the final seven points of the half on a basket by Sampson, a pair of free throws by Nathan Rindels and a three-point play by Sampson as the teams went to intermission tied 33-33.
Dordt made its first three-point basket, a shot by Bryan Sumner to open the second half, but Morningside rebounded from a five point deficit to tie the game 40-40.
Morningside eventually pushed out to a five point lead at 61-56 and Dordt was forced to use a timeout. After a defensive stop Andrew O’Donnell scored on a put back and Nathan Rindels had a steal and layup to get within one. Dordt eventually took the lead on a pair of Austin Bykerk free throws with 4:59 left in regulation and a Sumner three-point basket gave Dordt a three-point lead. Dordt led by either one or three until Ryan Tegtmeier hit a three-point basket with :49 left to tie it 75-75. Dordt missed on a shot with :29 left but Rindels got an offensive rebound and Dordt held for the final shot of the game with Sumner’s runner falling just short.
In overtime Dordt led by four on two different occasions, the last after a baseline jump shot by Sumner made it 81-77 with 2:07 left in the extra session. Morningside went on a 6-0 run capped by a Brody Egger lay up with :46 left in the overtime. Sumner was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws. Morningside came the other way and Van Ginkel’s lay up was too strong and Bryce Koch followed with a putback for an 85-83 lead with 12 seconds left. Dordt took the ball the length of the floor and called a timeout. The ensuing play resulted in Leighton Sampson spinning into the lane and got off a finger roll shot at the buzzer that was too strong and Morningside prevailed with Dordt losing its second game in a row by two points.
-Dordt had a 53-40 rebounding advantage and made 29-78 field goals for 37.2 percent while Morningside made 33-70 field goals.
-Dordt was 2-16 from the three-point line while Morningside was 8-19. Dordt converted 23-30 free throws to Morningside’s 11-18.
-Nathan Rindels led all players with 23 points and 13 rebounds and he also handed out six assists for Dordt.
-Sampson had 19 points and seven rebounds while O’Donnell and Sumner each had ten points with eight and six rebounds each. Taylor Feenstra came off the bench for Dordt for seven points and six rebounds.
-Brody Van Ginkel had 22 points and Brody Eggers added 19 points for the Mustangs as a reserve.
-Dordt is 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the GPAC while Morningside is 4-4 and 2-1.
-Dordt hosts Oglala Lakota (South Dakota) on Friday night at 8:00 and Tabor (Kansas) on Saturday at 1:00 before resuming league play on Wednesday, December 2 at home against Dakota Wesleyan.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“We got what we wanted. I thought Leighton and Nathan really executed the end around handoff well. A two man game obviously where we were going to run some diversionary shooters. Leighton did a great job of cutting hard to the ball. Nathan did a good job of cutting off Leighton and sucking Leighton’s man over and Leighton wheeled and yeah, we’d run that play again. We got what we wanted it’s just too bad (the shot didn’t go). I thought our guys played extraordinarily hard as evidenced by how hard we rebounded it. We didn’t shoot the ball inside of five feet and felt like we left a lot of baskets out there. That’s really frustrating. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I believe at some point we are going to be really good. We have some young kids figuring out that it requires maximum effort on every possession at both ends for a long period of time. Until we can get that consistency from eight guys in the rotation it’s going to be a struggle. At some point we are going to get a little healthier and we're going to get a little better. We are not going to quit.,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
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