Midland def. Dordt 87-83
HOW IT HAPPENED
A Dordt second half rally fell short as the Midland Warriors defeated Dordt 87-83 in GPAC play on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
Dordt led 29-28 on a Josh Van Lingen basket with 6:56 left in the first half but the Warriors would roll the rest of the half and outscored Dordt 26-10 for a 15 point halftime lead.
The lead expanded to 60-41 before the Defenders rallied. A Dalton Franken basket with 11:26 left in the game cut the lead to 65-57 and was the first time Dordt was within ten points in the second half. A Leighton Sampson basket with 10:07 left cut the gap to six. Midland recovered to expand the lead to 12 but the Defenders made one final charge.
Andrew O’Donnell tossed in a three point basket with 2:16 left in the game to narrow the gap to 81-77 and a Dalton Franken bucket with :27 left got the game to 84-81. A foul sent Don Henderson to the free throw line where he made one of two attempts for a four point lead and Dordt’s next possession resulted in a pair of missed free throws.
Midland made two more free throws to put the game out of reach and O’Donnell’s basket made the final 87-83.
Dordt was 32-58 from the floor and 15-22 on free throws.
Midland was 33-73 from the floor and 12-22 from the free throw line.
Midland had a 44-31 rebounding advantage.
Franken led all players with 30 points and Sampson added 22.
O’Donnell had 11 points and six rebounds with four assists and two steals. Josh Van Lingen came off the bench to score eight points on 4-4 shooting.
Damon Overton led Midland with 24 points and Don Henderson had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Sampson now has 999 career points.
Dordt is 6-8 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC.
Midland is 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the league.
COACH DOUMA SAID
“The second half the effort was much better on the defensive end. The last eight minutes of the first half were a killer for us…I think they scored on 13 straight possessions and they had more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds in the first half and that obviously made it difficult for us to come back from. In the second half we showed a lot more tenacity, more fight and held them to 33 points. It’s just a matter of being able to sustain and put things together. A lot of positive tonight but we just have to get over the hump and get a win.”
Northwestern def. Hastings 88-78
Dakota Wesleyan def. Doane 76-75
Midland def. Dordt 87-83
Morningside def. Concordia 92-83
Dordt travels to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, December 10 to face Doane.