Dordt def. Doane 73-66
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team rebounded from a Wednesday night road loss to win a 73-66 decision over Doane on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center.
Dordt’s lead dwindled in the second half but the Defenders never gave up the lead in the final 15:53 to win their seventh game of the season.
A three-point basket five minutes into the game put Doane up 12-8 but the Defenders scored the next eight points in taking an 16-12 lead after a Jesse Jansma three-point basket with 11:16 left in the first half.
Dordt maintained a 24-19 lead with 5:02 left in the first half after a Kendrick Van Kekerix basket and it looked like Dordt was going to control the game into halftime. A timeout prompted a 10-0 run by the visitors over the next two minutes and it was still a five point lead at 31-26 with 2:32 left in the half. This time it was Dordt’s turn to go on an 8-0 run to end the half and Garrett Franken’s basket shortly before the buzzer after a steal gave Dordt a 34-31 halftime lead.
Back to back three-point baskets by Doane to start the second half put the Tigers ahead 37-34 but Dordt had an answer. Jesse Jansma knocked down a three-point shot for a 41-39 lead with 16:41 and a basket by Jacob Vis gave the Defenders a 43-42 lead they never relinquished moments later.
Dordt eventually led by 10 but the Tigers battled back to within 69-66 with 2:27 left in the game. Dordt got a defensive stop and Jansma scored on a drive for a 71-66 lead and Jansma sealed it with a pair of free throws with :09 left to make the final 73-66.
Dordt as 26-53 from the field and 15-24 from the free throw line while holding a 46-32 rebounding advantage.
Doane converted 24-67 field goals and 11-35 three-point shots.
Garrett Franken recorded his second double-double of the week with 17 points and 12 rebounds and three assists with two steals.
Jesse Jansma added 14 points and four rebounds with three assists.
Jacob Vis scored 11 with ten rebounds and Cade Bleeker scored 10.
Camden Bialas scored seven in a reserve effort.
Doane was paced by Trey Winkler who came off the bench to score 17.
Dordt is 3-3 in the league and 7-3 overall while Doane slides to 1-4 in the GPAC and 4-6 overall.
COACH VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“Doane poses a lot of troubles for us—we knew that coming in that they were going to run five guards out there a lot and we are not that. I thought we did a really nice job on defense—we adjusted a little bit a played some zone in the second half and that got us going a little bit. We held them to 36 percent shooting—the real problem was we didn’t shoot free throws well. We had a chance to extend it out a little bit but we didn’t make our free throws. I thought we showed some class and guts to get the key stops down the stretch.”
Dordt is on the road to Jamestown on Tuesday night, December 8.