SEWARD, Neb. – After a pair of close losses, the Concordia men’s basketball team looks for redemption this week. The Bulldogs will host Hastings on Wednesday and travel to Mount Marty College on Saturday.
Hastings (12-7, 6-5 GPAC) at Concordia (11-8, 5-7 GPAC)
Wednesday, Jan. 20 | 8 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network
Live Stats: Dakstats
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
Concordia (11-8, 5-8 GPAC) at Mount Marty (1-18, 0-10 GPAC)
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 4 p.m.
Site: Laddie E. Cimpl | Yankton, S.D.
Webcast: Stretch Internet
Live Stats: Stretch Internet
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
Last time out
The Concordia’s men team has been all too acquainted with close, gritted out battles in the last minutes of its games. Two more of these games happened last week with the Bulldogs coming up just short. On Wednesday, the York Panthers handed Concordia a 70-65 loss. Back in GPAC play on Saturday, the ‘Dogs faced another loss, this time to No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan, 84-80.
“We got a few deflections at the end of the game which is why we were able to make it a close game. They (Dakota Wesleyan) are a good team but I like how we fought back at the end of the game and had that run.”
-Head coach Ben Limback on the loss to No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan
As a team in the conference, Concordia leads in blocks per game (4.32) and total blocks (82), ranks second in field goal percentage defense (.430) and defensive rebounds per game (29.21) and ranks third in scoring defense per game (78.81), scoring margin (6.58) and field goal percentage (.489). Below is a list of individual rankings in the GPAC.
Chandler Folkerts – points per game, sixth (18.90); total scoring, seventh (359); field goal percentage, first (.635); total rebounds per game, third (8.26); total rebounds, fourth (157); offensive rebounds per game, tied for seventh (2.0); defensive rebounds per game, fourth (6.26); blocks per game, fourth (1.21); total blocks, fourth (23); double-doubles, tied for first (8); single-game high rebounding, tied for seventh (15) and tied for 10th (14)
Jamie Pearson – points per game, fifth (19.33); total scoring, eighth (348); field goal percentage, eighth (.504); free throw percentage, tied for sixth (.800); steals per game, 10th (1.39); assists per game, eighth (3.56); total assists, tied for ninth (64); single-game high scoring, tied for fifth (37) and tied for eighth twice (36)
Robby Thomas – total rebounds per game, 10th (7.05); total rebounds, 10th (134); defensive rebounds per game, fifth (5.95); blocks per game, first (2.32); total blocks, first (44)
Eli Ziegler – 3-point field goals made per game, 10th (2.32); 3-point field goals made, seventh (44)
So far this season, Concordia has had two Bulldogs record at least one double-double game, including five straight for Chandler Folkerts.
C. Folkerts – 26 points, 13 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
R. Thomas – 12 points, 11 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
C. Folkerts – 11 points, 10 rebounds at Hastings on Nov. 18
R. Thomas – 13 points, 10 rebounds at Doane on No. 24
C. Folkerts – 33 points, 13 rebounds at Dordt on Dec. 18
C. Folkerts – 21 points, 15 rebounds vs Briar Cliff on Jan. 2
C. Folkerts – 24 points, 10 rebounds at Midland on Jan. 6
C. Folkerts – 34 points, 14 rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 9
C. Folkerts – 14 points, 11 rebounds at York on Jan. 13
C. Folkerts – 23 points, 11 rebounds vs Dakota Wesleyan on Jan. 16
Scouting the Hastings College Broncos
The Broncos of Hastings hold a 12-7 overall record and a 6-5 GPAC record so far this season. Earlier this season, the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 87-80 at Hastings. As a team, Hastings averages 87.4 points and 40.8 rebounds a game. The Broncos shoot .462 from the field and .341 from 3-point range. Connor Musiel leads the squad in scoring, averaging 14.5 points a contest. Two more Broncos average double-digit scoring efforts. The Broncos are led by head coach Bill Gavers who is in his third season at Hastings. Gavers is assisted by Chip Bahe, Doug Rader, Brady Barrett and Tobin Reinwald.
Scouting the Mount Marty College Lancers
The Lancers of Mount Marty are 1-18, 0-10 GPAC as of Monday, Jan. 18. The Lancers will play at Morningside on Wednesday before hosting Concordia on Saturday. Previously this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Lancers, 94-79 at Seward. Mount Marty averages 64.7 points and 32.8 rebounds a game. The team shoots .397 from the field and .339 from distance. Bud Smith averages 15.6 points a game, which leads the team. Two more Lancers average 10 or more points a game. The Lancers are led by head coach Andrew Baker who is in his third season at Mount Marty. Baker is assisted by Robin Burgard and Garrett Horn.
Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia men’s basketball team will host Doane College next Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Walz Arena. Next weekend, the Bulldogs will travel to Chicago for the CIT games on Friday and Saturday.