Dordt defeats Friends 90-78
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders lost a 90-78 decision to Friends (Kansas) on Saturday afternoon in non-conference men’s basketball at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa.
Dordt relinquished the lead at 6-5 with 15:10 left in the first half and trailed 39-30 at halftime. Dordt was down 20-11 during the first half but had the lead down to 34-30 after a Garrett Franken rebound and putback with 1:12 left in the half. Friends got a three-point basket on the ensuing possession. A Friends’ steal and basket quickly extended the lead to nine and that’s where it stayed into the half.
Dordt scored on four straight possessions to start the second half with baskets by Jesse Jansma, Franken, Barkema and a Jansma three-point play. Josh Van Lingen gave Dordt a 44-42 lead and he answered a Friends three with a second straight three-point shot for a 47-45 edge.
Friends took the lead back for good with 15:08 left in the game and a 49-47 edge and the lead grew to 11 at the midpoint of the second half 68-57. Dordt would get as close as six on a couple occasions but could not reel in the Falcons and lost by the eventual 12 point margin.
Dordt was 32-71 from the field and 11-27 from the three-point line and converted 3-7 free throws. Dordt was 18-33 in the second half form the field for 55 percent success.
Friends was 30-78 from the field and 16-18 from the free throw line.
Dordt committed 17 turnovers while forcing seven.
Dordt had a 47-44 rebounding edge.
Alec Henrickson had 14 points and was 4-7 from the three-point line.
Ben Gesink had 13 points with five rebounds and two assists.
Josh Van Lingen and Jesse Jansma each had 10 points with Jansma getting five rebounds with three assists.
Chandler Brunsting had nine points and five rebounds.
Garrett Franken had eight points and team high nine rebounds.
Chad Barkema had eight points and six rebounds.
Jordan Murdock scored 20 points and had 15 rebounds with seven assists.
Atir Cherne had 21 points and five assists.
Luke Evans had 14 points and Zion Fralin had 10.
COACH BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“I thought we had some good looks and we just didn’t make them early on….that’s where we have to get a little bit better…offensively we didn’t have a good weekend. Defensively I thought we had a pretty good game all the way around.”
Dordt will host Concordia on Wednesday night, January 2 at 8:00 and will be on the road against Doane on Saturday, January 5 at 4:00.