Dordt def. Midland 78-63
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team scored a 15 point win over Midland in GPAC play Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center. The Defenders made it a season sweep of the Warriors with a 78-63 win in a return to play after the Christmas break.
Dordt found itself down 26-18 with 6:13 left in the first half. After a Dordt timeout the Defenders went on an 8-0 run ignited by a Garrett Franken basket and capped by a pair of Camden Bialas free throws. After Midland retook the lead with a basket the Defenders answered with a 4-0 run to lead 30-27 and took that three-point lead into the intermission at 33-30.
Dordt never relinquished the lead in the second half but was holding on to a 52-48 advantage after Emaunel Bryson worked into the paint for a basket with 6:41 left in the game. Jesse Jansma answered with a three-point shot that started a run that put Dordt up 60-50 after a Cade Bleeker three-point basket and the Defenders finished the game on a 12-2 run over the final 2:56 to win by 15.
Dordt was 25-53 from the floor for 47 percent success but was limited to 5-20 three-point shooting. Midland converted 24-62 field goals for 39 percent and 6-26 three-point shooting.
Dordt converted 23-31 free throws while Midland was 9-13. Dordt also had a 41-29 rebounding edge and had 11 turnovers to 10 for the Warriors.
Jesse Jansma scored 15 and had nine rebounds with two assists.
Cade Bleeker, Bryce Coppock and Jacob Vis all had 14 points with Vis and Bleeker each getting five rebounds.
Garrett Franken had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Dejay Bykstra came off the bench to score seven.
Midland was led by Laurence Merritt with 20 points off the bench and Emanuel Bryson had 17 points and five assists.
Dordt improves to 7-4 in the league and 11-4 overall while Midland slides to 1-9 and 3-10.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“It was a good win for our guys…they showed a lot of resiliency and toughness. Coming back after two weeks off we really practiced well this week, but man, we didn’t have a good rhythm in the first 10 to 15 minutes today but I thought we were really good after that. Defensively we were pretty good the whole game…offensively we just missed a few shots out there. Bryce (Coppock) came off the bench and had a nice game and hit some baskets when we needed them most. Cade Bleeker had a nice game too. Midland’s got a really nice team—I think Rueschoff, Bryson and Merritt are really nice players. Jesse (Jansma) and Ben (Gesink) did a really nice job on Bowen Sandquist and held him scoreless—that’s a really big thing for our team.”
Dordt will travel to Dakota State for a 7:00 pm game on Monday, January 4 in Madison, South Dakota.