The team gathers at the opponents’ hoop to increase the pressure on the other team. Photo courtesy of Sonja Brandt.
By Graham Friske
The Dordt Defenders outlasted the Concordia Bulldogs 86-76.
Through the first 20 minutes of play, neither team could hold a secure lead. The first half ended with Concordia leading by only a single point, 39-38.
In the first half, scoring for Concordia was led by senior Brevin Sloup and sophomore Gage Smith with 12 points. The Bulldogs shot well as a team, going 46% from the field. All of Smith’s first half points came beyond the arc, hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. However, Sloup and Smith would be quiet the rest of the night, only adding three points each in the second half.
Meanwhile the Defenders played much better in the second half. They had four players finish in the double digits in scoring, including Marcus Winterfeld, who finished with 21 points and only missed one shot attempt in the game. The Defenders also outrebounded the Bulldogs 22-11 in the second half. As of the last three games, Concordia’s offense has been inconsistent, and it showed in this game where offense continued to struggle.
Concordia falls to 17-9 on the season, 8-8 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. This marks a three game losing streak for the Bulldogs. Their next game will be against the Hastings Broncos (13-13, 6-10 GPAC) on Feb. 12 at Walz Arena. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m.
Dordt improves to 19-9 on the season and is looking to gain some ground in the GPAC standings. Currently, they are ranked fourth but are only a game and a half behind second place. They will resume action on Feb. 12 at Briar Cliff (14-13, 5-12 GPAC).