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Dordt College JV Men's Basketball vs. Alumni

February 12, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) By Sam Ekstrom (Dordt Class of 2014)

It sure seemed like more than an exhibition Saturday as the Dordt JV stunned the Dordt Alumni in overtime. The 88-86 victory sent the JV squad out on a high note and provided another one of the JV's typical wild finishes.

Overtime seemed like a far cry when the JV trailed 77-72 in the final 10 seconds, but Bryce Groeneweg kept the game alive with a three-pointer from the corner. After a free-throw miss by alumnus Logan Kingma, Dordt trailed by just 3 with 6 seconds to go. The alumni intentionally fouled Groeneweg with 3 seconds left to complicate the scenario for Dordt, but nobody could have predicted what happened next.

Groeneweg sank his first free-throw to cut the deficit to two. He intentionally missed the second, creating an offensive rebound for Lawrence Coleman. Coleman put up a quick shot for the tie, saw it go off the iron, and right to the hands of Nick Wilson who set it in at the buzzer. Wilson scored just 5 points on the game, but his dramatic bucket gave the Defenders all the momentum heading into overtime.

The extra session wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated. Dordt earned their way to the line frequently in overtime and converted on all their opportunities, building a 6-point lead. The alumni's last ditch 3-point barrage was not enough as the Defenders were never threatened in OT.

Anybody who saw the first 10 minutes of the game would not have believed the end result. The alumni built a 17-point lead first half lead, highlighted by Eric Van Maanen's four 3-pointers. Luckily for Dordt, sharp-shooter Ben Sytsma answered the call with five 3's of his own in the first stanza, keeping the score at 41-37 going into halftime.

The JV actually stole the lead from the alumni momentarily in the second half, 48-46, but relinquished it quickly. Dordt used balanced scoring in the second half to keep themselves in it. Coleman, Groeneweg, Matt Vande Kamp, and James Rylaarsdam each contributed 8 second half points.

The alumni team was helped along by Logan Kingma, who had 13 in the second half, and Kris Vander Kooy, with 11 in the second frame. Overall, Kingma finished with 19, Vander Kooy with 16, Van Maanen with 14, and Mike Eekhoff with 12.

The JVers were led by Sytsma with 20 points, Rylaarsdam with 14, Vande Kamp with 11, and Coleman and Groeneweg with 10 each.

The Dordt JV finished the season with a record of 13-9 (9-4). James Rylaarsdam led the team in scoring with 15.3 PPG.

Dordt Scoring:

Lawrence Coleman-10

Matt Vande Kamp-11

Lee Veldkamp-2

James Rylaarsdam-14

Nick Wilson-5

Taylor Thompson-7

Bryce Groeneweg-10

Alex Davelaar-6

Ben Sytsma-20

Andy Davelaar-3

Dordt's Current Record: 13-9 (9-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 37 41 10 88
Alumni 41 37 8 86
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
James Rylaarsdam 7
Alex Davelaar 5
Matt Vande Kamp 5
Lawrence Coleman 5
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 10
Brandon Haan 7
Brian Eekhoff 7
Michael Eekhoff 7
Team Total: 51
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Ben Sytsma 20
James Rylaarsdam 14
Matt Vande Kamp 11
Lawrence Coleman 10
Team Total: 88
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Logan Kingma 19
Kris Vande Kooy 16
Eric Van Maanen 14
Michael Eekhoff 12
Team Total: 86
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/65 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/24 38%
Free Throws: 19/26 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/74 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/30 37%
Free Throws: 15/29 52%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.