Northern British Columbia defeats Dordt 85-82
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College led most of the game but could never land the knockout punch in falling to the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves 85-82.
Dordt led much of the first half, seizing the lead on a pair of Nathan Rindels free throws at the 15:51 mark. Dordt was up the rest of the half, leading by as many as eight 36-28 before taking a six point lead into the half, up 47-41.
Leighton Sampson led the Dordt charge in the first half with 17 points and the Defenders were 15-19 from the free throw line in the initial half.
The second half started with Dordt building a 54-44 lead on an Alec Henrickson free throw but the Timberwolves had an answer with a charge to get within 62-61 with 11:09 left. Dordt maintained an eight point lead with 7:49 left when Bryan Sumner hit a three point basket but the Timberwolves scored on three straight possessions and Dordt missed two three-point attempts in the series of play.
A Dalton Franken three-point play put Dordt up 76-71 but a nine point run put the Timberwolves up to stay. Dordt got within 83-82 on a Bryan Sumner three-point basket with :31 left but Colin Plumb made a pair of free throws to extend the lead and Dordt’s three at the buzzer to tie the game was off the mark.
-Nathan Rindels scored 18 points and took away 17 rebounds with nine assists in the losing effort and had four steals in 34 minutes of play.
-Leighton Sampson scored 24 points and had six rebounds.
-Bryan Sumner had 11 points, all in the second half and Austin Bykerk scored eight points. Andrew O’Donnell had seven points with four assists before fouling out.
-Dordt converted 28-63 field goals and 20-30 free throws while Northern British Columbia was 29-61 from the field and 19-24 from the three-point line.
-Dordt had a 40-29 rebounding advantage and gave up seven offensive rebounds.
-Billy Cheng led the Timberwolves with 21 points and ten assists with four steals.
-Rindels recorded his seventh double-double of the season with his performance.
-Dordt is 10-7 overall and will take a 5-3 GPAC record into its game on Wednesday, January 6 against Mount Marty in Sioux Center.