Dordt def. Bellevue 87-76
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team fought off a Bellevue Bruin team Friday afternoon in Orange City and secured an 87-76 win after the Bruins made a strong challenge in the second half.
Dordt led the entire first half, getting up by as many as 14 before settling for a four point halftime edge. Bellevue took a four point lead on several occasions in the second half but Dordt’s last eight minutes were strong in securing the double-digit win.
A Ben Gesink three-pointer opened the scoring in the game and a pair of free throws by Cade Bleeker punctuated a 9-0 run to put Dordt up 12-2. The Bruins cut the lead down to five only to have Dordt run the lead back up to 27-13 on a basket by Dordt’s Camden Bialas. The lead was still 11 at 29-18 with 7:22 remaining but the Bruins went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to get within 29-28. Back to back three-point possessions re-established order for the Defenders as Bleeker got a basket and free throw and Bryce Coppock converted his second three-point shot of the half.
The Bruins ended up closing the half on a 7-0 run and Dordt’s lead was trimmed to 42-38 at halftime.
The Bruins continued the momentum into the second half and tied the game at 42-42 and 51-51 before taking the lead at 52-51 with 15:07 left in the game. Bellevue’s lead grew to four on four separate occasions, the final time at 67-63 with 9:22 left.
A Jansma three-point basket started a 7-0 Dordt run and Dordt made 12-16 free throws in the second half, most of them down the stretch, to secure the 87-76 win.
Dordt overcame a 49.2 percent shooting night by Bellevue to by converting 54.2 percent themselves. Dordt managed to go 15-21 from the free throw line while Bellevue was 8-15.
Dordt had a 41-26 rebounding edge and had 22 assisted baskets.
Jacob Vis had 20 points on 9-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Jesse Jansma had 17 points with six rebounds and two assists.
Bryce Coppock came off the bench to score 13 and Garrett Franken had 10 points while getting a team high nine rebounds with six assists.
Bellevue’s Lewis Hayes had 18 points to pace Bellevue and Keshawn Bruner added 13 in a reserve effort.
Dordt is now 2-0 while Bellevue is 3-2.
COACH BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“This was a good win for us. We were better than we were in our season opener against Kansas Wesleyan. We had good practices leading up to this—we knew we had to rebound better and a 41-26 advantage was what we needed. I liked how we shared the basketball and had 22 assists."
Dordt will face Viterbo on Saturday, November 7 in Orange City at 2:00 pm.