Caleb Pollema- Staff Writer
The Dordt College men’s basketball team (11-14 overall, 5-8 GPAC) won one of their two games last week.
The Defenders won a tight contest against Mount Marty in Yankton, S.D., by a final score of 77-73 last Wednesday. Dordt came out hot, but faltered midway through the first half. The game had 11 total lead changes.
The game came down to Mount Marty’s’ final possession where the Lancers set an illegal screen, which allowed sophomore guard Marcus Winterfield to ice the game with a pair of free throws for the bonus.
Dordt had a rough night shooting the ball, only shooting 29-69 from the field. However, the Defenders made up for their lack of offense by a great night defensively by forcing 16 turnovers by the Lancers.
Coach Douma was proud of his players’ poise and ability to force critical turnovers despite a rough night shooting the ball.
“We forced 16 turnovers to our nine and that difference was obviously critical,” Douma said.
With the win, the Defenders looked to their upcoming game against Midland on Saturday afternoon.
The Defenders fell to the Warriors by a final score of 99-95. They went 32-for-60 from the field and 10-for-26 from the three-point range.
The Defenders led the game 76-73 with just over six minutes left in the game on back-to-back three pointers from Jesse Jansma.
The three pointers were not enough as Midland took control the rest of the game, stretching the lead back to eight points in the final minutes of the game.
The Defenders’ next game is at home tonight against the cross-county rivals Northwestern Red Raiders.
Northwestern edged out Dordt earlier in the year by a final score of 111-116 in overtime in Orange City. It could be a different story in front of a home crowd in the De Witt this time. The game is expected to live up to the hype in this fiercely-competitive rivalry. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. in the De Witt for the men.