GAME NOTES: Concordia set to face Doane

By on Jan. 25, 2016 in Men's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s basketball team will face Doane College in the confines of Walz Arena on Wednesday evening. The Bulldogs will then take off for CIT in Chicago for games this weekend.

Doane (8-14, 4-9 GPAC) at Concordia (12-9, 6-8 GPAC)
Wednesday, Jan. 27 | 8 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb. 

Concordia (12-9, 6-8 GPAC) vs Concordia – Ann Arbor (10-11, 7-8 WHAC)
Friday, Jan. 29 | 3:15 p.m.
Site: Geiseman Gymnasium | River Forest, Ill.

Last time out
The Concordia’s men team snapped a three game losing streak after defeating Mount Marty College on Saturday, 87-48 in Yankton, S.D. The Bulldogs were defeated by Hastings College last Wednesday, 84-77 in Walz Arena.

“We defended well and opened things up in transition. When we got some steals that’s when we started to pull away. I thought Micah (Kohlwey) gave us a good spark in that first half and Jamie as well.”
-Head coach Ben Limback

National notes
The Bulldogs rank in over 15 statistical categories in the NAIA Division II, including ninth in blocks per game (4.33), 10th in field goal percentage (.491) and 11th in total blocks (91). Below is a list of individual rankings in the nation.

Chandler Folkerts – Field goal percentage, second (.646); total scoring, 30th (401); total rebounds, 32nd (172); points per game, 32nd (19.09); defensive rebounds per game, 34th (6.14); total rebounds per game 39th (8.19)

Jamie Pearson – points per game, 39th (18.60); total scoring, 49th (372)

Robby Thomas – total blocks, third (51); blocks per game, fifth (2.43); defensive rebounds per game, 38th (6.00)

GPAC grade
As a team in the conference, Concordia leads in field goal percentage defense (.427), blocks per game (4.33) and total blocks (91), ranks second in scoring margin (7.48) and defensive rebounds per game (29.29) and ranks third in scoring defense per game (77.33), field goal percentage (.491), total rebound defense per game (35.05) and total steals (155). Below is a list of individual rankings in the GPAC.

Chandler Folkerts – points per game, fifth (19.10); total scoring, sixth (401); field goal percentage, first (.646); total rebounds per game, fourth (8.19); total rebounds, fourth (172); offensive rebounds per game, seventh (2.05); defensive rebounds per game, third (6.14); blocks per game, third (1.10); total blocks, fourth (23); double-doubles, first (9); single-game high rebounding, tied for eighth (15)

Jamie Pearson – points per game, sixth (18.60)); total scoring, ninth (372); field goal percentage, seventh (.500); free throw percentage, eighth (.795); steals per game, 10th (1.35); assists per game, seventh (3.55); total assists, tied for ninth (71); single-game high scoring, tied for fifth (37) and tied for eighth twice (36)

Robby Thomas – total rebounds per game, ninth (7.05); total rebounds, 10th (148); defensive rebounds per game, fifth (6.00); blocks per game, first (2.43); total blocks, first (51)

Eli Ziegler – 3-point field goals made per game, 10th (2.33); 3-point field goals made, seventh (49)

Seeing double
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
C. Folkerts – 27 points, 11 rebounds vs Hastings on Jan. 20

Scouting the Doane College Tigers
The Tigers of Doane College hold an 8-14 overall record and a 4-9 mark in the GPAC. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers, 84-81, in Crete. In recent conference action, Doane dropped an 86-74 game to Dordt College. As a team, Doane averages 78.5 points and 36.4 rebounds per game. From the field, the Tigers shoot 44.4 percent and 36.6 percent from behind the arc. Mykeil Tzul averages 16.5 points per game, which leads the squad. The Tigers are led by head coach Jim Weeks who is in his fourth season at Doane. Weeks is assisted by Ian McKeithen, Jackson Weeks and Travis Petrie.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia men’s basketball team be on the road next week for both contests. Next Wednesday, the Bulldogs will travel to Nebraska Wesleyan University for an 8 p.m. start time. Then on Saturday, Morningside will be Concordia’s opponent. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. from Sioux City, Iowa.