Dordt defeats Waldorf 81-67
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team withstood a comeback attempt by the Waldorf Warriors and earned a non-conference win in Forest City, Iowa on Friday night, November 23.
The first half was a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than five points until an Alec Henrickson three-point basket with 2:52 remaining in the half put the Defenders up 32-25. The basket was Henrickson’s fourth three-point shot of the first half.
A Waldorf timeout followed and the Warriors responded with a 7-0 run and tied it at 32-32. Chad Barkema had a pair of free throws and Waldorf got a bucket in the last minute to send the game to halftime tied 34-34.
Dordt vaulted out to a seven points lead 50-43 after a Garrett Franken three-point shot with 15:17 left in the game but the Warriors again had a run in them and they took a 57-55 lead on a Demitrius Martin three-point shot with 9:09 left in the game.
Jesse Jansma had a three to put Dordt up for good with 8:27 left. Dordt didn’t put the game away until the 2:56 mark when Chad Barkema hit a three to get Dordt up 71-65 and a steal and three by Franken at the 2:23 mark had Dordt up 74-67 Dordt ran off the next seven points for the 81-67 final.
Dordt converted 28-49 field goals for 57 percent success and converted 67 percent of its field goals in the second half and 80 percent (8-10) of its second half three-point shots.
Waldorf was 26-66 from the field and 7-19 from three point line for 39 and 36 percent respectively.
Waldorf had a 34-31 rebounding edge with 14 offensive rebounds and Dordt committed 13 turnovers to eight for Waldorf.
Chad Barkema had a career high 22 points and made 9-10 field goals with seven rebounds.
Garrett Franken had 18 with seven rebounds and was 6-7 from the three-point line.
Alec Henrickson and Josh Van Lingen each had 12.
Zach Bussard added eight points and six rebounds.
Demitrius Martin had 14 points to lead the Warriors.
Brady Kuchinka and Brian Smith each had 11.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We played a pretty good game today. Waldorf has excellent guards and they gave us some trouble. Smith and Kachinka are excellent players and Martin had a good game. The offensive rebound well and gave us some trouble. I was really happy with how we played the last ten minutes and how we shot the ball from the arc. We did a nice job of passing the ball the last 30 minutes….I wasn’t that happy with how we passed it in the first ten minutes but after that we played a pretty good game.”
Dordt will face Wartburg on Saturday at 5:00 while Waldorf will host Doane.