GAME NOTES: Bulldogs set for two home GPAC contests

By on Dec. 7, 2015 in Men's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s basketball team will host Dordt College and Mount Marty College this week. The Defenders will be in town on Wednesday, Dec. 9 for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The Lancers will travel on Saturday, Dec. 12 with start time slated for 4 p.m.

Dordt College (7-5, 3-2 GPAC) at Concordia University (6-3, 2-3 GPAC) 
Wednesday, Dec. 9 | 8 p.m. CDT
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 
Live Stats: DakStats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country

Mount Marty College (0-9, 0-4 GPAC) at Concordia University (6-3, 2-3 GPAC) 
Saturday, Dec. 12 | 8 p.m. CDT
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 
Live Stats: DakStats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country

Last time out
The Concordia University men’s basketball team controlled most of the second half in Wednesday night’s rivalry heart stopper. Unfortunately, it was the hearts of the Bulldogs that ceased when Cole Klingsporn’s trey from the right corner beat the buzzer and lifted visiting Nebraska Wesleyan to an 89-88 win inside Walz Arena.

The (RV) Concordia men’s basketball team was defeated 80-92 by the eighth-ranked Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan. Robby Thomas and Jamie Pearson each put up 20 points while Micah Kohlwey tallied 14 on Saturday afternoon in the Corn Palace.

"I thought we showed mental toughness during the first half and overcame...mentally we handled it and tied the game at half. I like the way we ended the first half."
-Head coach Ben Limback

We just have a lot of senior leadership. We all stick together and we worked a lot starting in the summer. We all know each other really well. We work together when things get tough. We didn’t play the greatest game tonight but we came together when it counted and got the win.”
-Senior Micah Kohlwey

Seeing double
So far this season, Concordia has had two Bulldogs record two double-doubles.
Chandler Folkerts – 26 points, 13 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
Robby Thomas – 12 points, 11 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
Chandler Folkerts – 11 points, 10 rebounds at Hastings on Nov. 18
Robby Thomas – 13 points, 10 rebounds at Doane on No. 24

Rankings in the GPAC
As a team in the GPAC, the Bulldogs lead in blocks per game (4.44) and total blocks (40), rank second in field goal percentage defense (.413), rank third in scoring defense (79.0) and total rebound offense per game (41.11), fourth in scoring margin (8.0), offensive rebounds per game (11.11), defensive rebounds per game (30.0) and total rebound margin (4.56) and fifth in field goal percentage (.476), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.358) and steals per game (6.67).

Chandler Folkerts – field goal percentage, third (.574); total rebounds per game, eighth (6.67); defensive rebounds per game, tied for sixth (5.00); blocks per game, fourth (1.33); total blocks, fourth (12); double-doubles, tied for seventh (2); game-high rebounds, tied for eighth (13)

Jamie Pearson – points per game, third (23.44); total points, sixth (211); field goal percentage, sixth (.549); field goal percentage, ninth (.810); steals per game, ninth (1.56); assists per game, sixth (4.11); game-high scoring, tied for third (37) and tied for sixth (36)

Robby Thomas – steals per game, 10th (1.44); total rebounds per game, fifth (8.22); total rebounds, eighth (74); defensive rebounds per game, second (7.00); blocks per game, first (1.86); total blocks, second (17); double-doubles, tied for seventh (2)

Nathan Toenjes – offensive rebounds per game, seventh (2.22)

Eli Ziegler – 3-point field goals made per game, 10th (2.22)

Scouting the Dordt College Defenders
The Defenders of Dordt College own a 7-5, 3-2 GPAC mark this year. The Defenders are on a four game winning streak coming into Wednesday’s matchup. Most recently, Dordt defeated Hastings by a narrow 95-92 margin. The Defenders average 86 points and 44.3 rebounds per game. The team holds a .473 field goal percentage and a .684 free throw percentage. Holding its opponents to 78.58 points per game, the Defenders rank second in scoring defense in the GPAC. Four different Defenders average double-digit scoring while Ross Cooper averages a double-double (15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds). The Defenders are led by head coach Ross Douma who is in his seventh season at Dordt. Douma is assisted by Derek Keizer, Kyle Hiemstra and Ben Van Wyk.

Scouting the Mount Marty College Lancers 
The Lancers of Mount Marty College hold an 0-9 overall record and 0-4 GPAC mark this season. MMC has most recently competed against No. 11 Briar Cliff University and fell 64-90 in the mid-week matchup. As a team, the Lancers average 68.7 points and 33.7 rebounds a game. Scoring leader, KJ DeCristin averages 11.1 points and 3.4 rebounds a contest. The squad also shoots .407 percent from the field and .700 from the free throw line. The Lancers are led by head coach Andrew Baker how 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 travel to Dordt on Friday, Dec. 18 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The contest will be the last game before Christmas break.