Dordt def. 80-76
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College used a late first half run to take control of its game with Doane and went on to hold on for an 80-76 win over the Tigers in Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, December 12.
Dordt trailed much of the first ten minutes and was down 18-12 with 11:33 left in the first half. Doane maintained a four point lead at 20-16 and Dordt took the lead with a six point run punctuated by a three-point basket by Alec Henrickson. Doane tied it at 22-22 but Dordt proceeded to run off 15 points in a row over the next three minutes and held a 39-25 halftime lead.
Doane cut into the Dordt lead and came within six at 49-43 but a Dalton Franken drive for a lay in helped fight off the run. The lead shrank to four and got back up to ten again with 5:20 left in the game when Doane put together its last run. Doane outscored Dordt 13-4 to cut the gap to 72-71 with 1:56 left in the game on a Deonte Holt basket.
Leighton Sampson made one of two free throws and Doane missed a shot. Sampson then converted a field goal for a 75-71 lead. The lead grew to as much as 76-71 before a pair of Doane free throws gave the hosts hope but Dalton Franken hit a pull up jumper on the left baseline with the shot clock winding down to put the difference up to five and effectively sealed the win.
-Dordt was led by five players in double figures.
-Nathan Rindels scored 12 points, had ten rebounds, six assists.
-Leighton Sampson scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds.
-Alec Henrickson and Austin Bykerk had 12 and 11 points each and Dalton Franken had 14 points. Bykerk also had eight rebounds.
-Doane was paced by Tyson Smiley with 17 points and nine rebounds while Nate Kuhl had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Trevor Cyboron added 15.
-Dordt made 26-56 shots for 46 percent success and was 24-36 from the free throw line.
-Doane was 24-63 from the field and 21-24 from the free throw line.
-Both teams had 38 rebounds.
-Dordt is 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the GPAC while Doane is 4-9 and 2-4. Dordt will host Concordia on Friday, December 18.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“This has been a tough week with the two long trips into Nebraska, the agonizing overtime loss to Concordia and losing Taylor Feenstra to a pretty significant injury. I was proud of how they played today. We had guys in different positions and different roles all day and it’s probably going to be like that the rest of the season but the resiliency of this group is outstanding and the credit for that goes to Nathan Rindels and JD Boer. They both give us different leadership capacities in what the do and give us what we stand in need of. We weren’t very good offensively to begin today but our defense really settled in for a nine-ten minute stretch and really carried us. To hold a team of this scoring caliber to 25 first half points is pretty good,” said Dordt College coach Ross Douma.
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