Dordt def. Doane 82-80
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team needed a buzzer beater to survive a comeback attempt by the Doane Tigers in GPAC basketball in Sioux Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Defenders found themselves down six points at 17-11 with 11:10 left in the first half but the Defenders went on an 10-0 run capped by a pair of Alex Henrickson free throws at the 8:06 mark to go up 21-17.
Dordt extended the lead to 41-29 with under a minute to go in the half on a Henrickson basket and the Defenders were up 41-32 at the break as Anthony Laraive made a three-point basket just before the horn.
Dordt led by as many as 12 early in the second half and never by less than seven until the 11:08 mark when Doane got back to within five on a Nick Kornieck basket. Doane eventually tied the game at 68-68 with 5:41 left and led briefly at 70-69. The game was tied again at 73 and 75 before Henrickson made a basket and Van Lingen a free throw for a 78-75 advantage.
Doane got a basket in the paint with 1:20 left and took the lead on a Laravie three-point shot with :30 left for an 80-78 advantage.
After a Dordt timeout the Defenders got a free throw line jumper by Franken to go with :14 left in the game.
Doane used its final timeout and got the ball to Koh Flippin whose two point jumper from 17 feet was short. With three seconds left Alec Henrickson got the rebound and tossed it ahead to Franken who got a lay up attempt released just before the buzzer for the game winner.
Dordt was 31-57 from the field and 8-17 from the three-point line while converting 12-21 free throws.
Doane was 31-60 from the field and 10-27 from the arc while converting 8-14 free throws.
Dordt had a 31-30 rebounding edge and both teams had nine steals.
Franken had 16 points and four rebounds with four assists and two steals.
Henrickson had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Josh Van Lingen had 15 points and ten rebounds with two assists and two steals.
Jesse Jansma, Chad Barkema and Chandler Brunsting all had nine points.
Koh Flippin led all players with 25 points with six steals.
Nick Kornieck and Anthony Laravie had 17 points each.
COACH BRIAN VAN HAAFTEN SAID
“We’ve done a really good job of preparing for these situations all year long. A couple times it hasn’t worked out but tonight it did. We executed our circle post play to perfection and Josh Van Lingen had a great pass to Garret to get him that shot at the free throw line and then we had a good switch on the ball screen and forced them into a tough shot. Good job by Alec to get it ahead and wouldn’t you know it’s Garrett out in front of the ball to finish it.”
Dordt def. Doane 82-80
Jamestown def. Midland 92-70
Morningside def. Mount Marty 68-56
Hastings def. Briar Cliff 93-91
Northwestern def. Concordia 79-64
Dordt travels to Jamestown on Wednesday, February 6.