Dordt def. Midland 96-87
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team used a rally in the final seven minutes and took a nine-point win from the Midland Warriors in a game played in Sioux Center.
A Garrett Franken three-point play put Dordt up 8-3 early in the game but the Midland Warriors rebounded and controlled the next five minutes and took a 23-15 lead on a Kylan Smallwood three-point basket with 13:10 left in the half.
Dordt was able to slow Midland and Chad Barkema made a pair of free throws with just under three minutes left in the half to put Dordt up 36-32. Midland proceeded to outscore Dordt 6-1 over the final minutes of the half and led 38-37 at the break.
The game was tied for the 13th time at 46-46 before the Defenders seemed to assert control and went up 60-53 on a Jesse Jansma three-point basket with 14:06 left in the game. Midland regrouped and tied the game at 61 and again at 63. From there the Warriors scored 14 of the next 19 points and led 77-68 with 6:11 left in the game.
Back to back Jansma baskets, a two and a three, started the charge and Garrett Franken converted a left corner three-point basket for a 77-76 deficit. A pair of Midland free throws slowed the rally just a bit but Jansma answered with a pair of free throws and after a missed three-point basket by Midland Franken converted another three-point basket for Dordt’s first lead in over ten minutes 81-79.
Jesse Jansma made a couple free throws to put Dordt up by two-possessions and Josh Van Lingen assisted a Franken basket after Midland had answered with a two point basket. Leading 85-81 the Defenders sent Midland’s Eamnuel Bryson to the free throw line where he made one shot and Chad Barkema came back with a field goal to extend the lead to 87-82. Midland would get as close as two one more time but Dordt converted its free throws to wrap up the win 96-87.
Dordt was 32-62 from the field and 12-28 from the three-point line while making 20-26 free throws.
Midland was 35-79 from the field and 9-21 from the arc with 8-16 free throw shooting.
Dordt had a 42-38 rebounding advantage.
Jesse Jansma was 13-19 from the field and 7-13 from the three-point line for 41 points.
Chad Barkema and Garrett Franken each had 17 points and nine rebounds with Franken assisting on four baskets and he blocked two shots.
Josh Van Lingen had seven rebounds for the Defenders and he had three blocked shots.
Midland was led by Laurence Merrirtt with 26 points on 11-15 shooting.
Dordt is now 9-4 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Midland slides to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Dordt will be off until Saturday, December 14 when the Defenders travel to face Hastings in the final GPAC game of 2019.