Dordt def. Hastings 94-79
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team converted over 50 percent of its shots and overcame a six point halftime deficit to turn away Hastings in GPAC action Saturday afternoon by a 94-79 margin.
The Defenders were down 12-7 early in the game but bounced back to lead 29-20. It appeared the Defenders were going to stretch the further but Hastings’s Karson Gansebom got rolling, knocking down three-straight three-point baskets while scoring 20 first half points and helped the hosts forge a 44-38 lead.
Jacob Vis started the second half with a basket and Ben Gesink followed with his third three-point shot to get Dordt within one and Jesse Jansma’s three-point shots gave the Defenders the lead for good. Gesink converted one more three-point shot to complete the 11-0 run and the lead continued to grow with Dordt leading by as many as 19 before claiming the 15 point win.
Dordt was 34-64 from the field for 53.1 percent success and Dordt converted 17-38 three-point shots.
Hastings was 27-61 for 44.3 percent from the field and the Broncos were 11-20 from the three-point line to keep the game close.
Dordt’s balanced scoring effort with four players in double figures overshadowed Hastings’s Gansebom as the sophomore scored a career high 37 points. ‘
Ben Gesink led Dordt with 21 points with three assists and he converted a career high seven three-point baskets.
Jacob Vis was 8-10 from the field for 19 points and he grabbed eight rebounds with five assists.
Garrett Franken and Jesse Jansma each had 13 points and Jansma had four assists with three steals while Franken too in six rebounds.
Camden Bialas scored seven while Dejay Fykstra, Bryce Coppock and Kendrick Van Kekerix all had six points.
Dordt had a 34-30 rebounding edge and forced 12 turnovers while committing 10.
Dordt is 15-4 overall and 10-4 in the GPAC while Hastings slips to 1-12 and 5-13.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We talked on Monday about how tough this week would be. Playing Jamestown with how good they are on a Thursday and then come over to Hastings today with no practice really and we were a step slow defensively in the first half today. Offensively we found ourselves settling for some shots and in the second half we found some things that really worked well and we pretty much ran the same play in the second half and got some really good stuff from that.”
Dordt will host Morningside on Wednesday, January 20.