Dordt College News

Defender Basketball In Orange City For Pair

November 7, 2013

GAMETIME…The Dordt College Defender men’s basketball team travels to Orange City, Iowa for a pair of non-conference basketball games at a classic hosted by Northwestern.  The Defenders will face Davenport on Friday at 6:00 and will play Trinity Christian on Saturday with tipoff at 2:30. You can hear the Davenport game on KDCR and online at .  The Saturday contest will not be broadcast on KDCR.  Scores and details about the contests at their conclusion  can be found online at  ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

SCOUTING REPORT… Davenport is 2-0 this season and is a member of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.  Last year’s Davenport team advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament before bowing out in the first round in a one point loss to York.   

The Panthers average 78 points per game this season and are giving up an average of 59.5 points per game after wins over Kuyper and St. Francis (Indiana).  The Panthers are shooting for a 45 percent success rate and opponents are making 37 percent of their shots.  Davenport also owns a 41-36 rebounding advantage and have gotten to the free throw line 51 times and made 36 so far.
Dominez Burnett is scoring at a 19.0 points per game clip and averages 4.5 rebounds while converting 56.5 percent of his field goal attempts.  JaVontae Ford is scoring 14.0 points per outing and is 4-10 on three-point shots so far this season.  Mike Betcher has come off the bench to average 8.5 points per game and Braima Hai is at 7.5 points per contest.

The Trinity Trolls are  1-0 after a win over Indiana-Kokomo on November 1 by a 75-62 count.  Trinity was 11-21 one year ago and return three of the main components of that team.  Cody Rhorer averaged 8.7 points per game last season while Ezekiel Odonker scored 7.9 points per game and Jake Van Den Berg scored 6.9 points per game with 5.4 rebounds.  Also returning is Logan Vos who appeared in 31 games and averaged 4.5 points per game.  Odonkor was last year’s top rebounder with an 8.8 average.  The Trolls made 41.2 percent of their field goals last season and they got outrebounded 40-35.4.  This year’s Trinity team will lean heavily on Jared Jones, a freshman who prepped at Des Moines Christian.  Trinity is a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Conference.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 3-0 this season after wins over Valley City State, Jamestown and Grace.  The Defenders are averaging 106 points per game and allow 91.3 points per contest. 

Dordt has converted 55.4 percent of the field goals they try and have gotten to the free throw line 122 times and converted 96 through three games for a 78.7 percent clip.  Opponents are making 48.6 percent of their field goals and turnovers are about even with Dordt average 16.3 turnovers to 15.7 for foes.  Dordt holds a 39-27.7 average rebounding advantage.

Kyle Lindbergh is averaging 21.3 points per game to go with 9.7 rebounds and he is making 71.4 percent of his field goals.  Tyler Wolterstorff and Austin Katje each score 16.7 points per game and Dalton Franken is scoring at a 15.3 points per game clip.  Nathan Rindels rounds out the double digit Dordt scoring with an 11.3 points per game clip and Alex Terpstra has come off the bench to score 9.3 points per game. 

HISTORY… This will be the first meeting between Dordt and Davenport while the Defenders and Trolls have played nine times with Dordt winning nine times. The last meeting between Dordt and Trinity was on November 12, 2011 when Dordt won a 98-93 overtime decision behind Trevor Wolterstorff’s 42 point performance.  Austin Katje added 16 and Jordan Vogel scored 16 as the Defenders held a slight 49-47 rebounding edge.  Trinity got 19 points from BJ Vortham and four other Trolls were in double figures.

NEXT… Dordt travels to AIB in Des Moines on Tuesday, November 12 as part of a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader.  Davenport travels to Marygrove on November 16 for a conference game in its next game while Trinity Christian will face Huntington on the road on November 12.

MILESTONES… The win for Dordt over Grace on Tuesday night was the 100th for Coach Ross Douma in his tenure at Dordt College. Douma is in his fifth season on the Dordt bench. 

Dordt’s Kyle Lindbergh has 655 career rebounds which ties him with Jerry Vande Pol in 6th all-time.  Jordan Vogel is 5th with 713 rebounds.

DON’T I KNOW YOU???  The Trinity team features a couple players who will be familiar to members of the Dordt basketball team. Logan Vos is the brother of Dordt freshman Danny Vos.  Logan appeared in 31 out of 32 games for theTrolls last season while Danny has played in all three games this season at guard for the Defenders.  The brothers are graduates of Ripon Christian in California.  Jake Van Den Berg spent a season in the Dordt basketball program before enrolling at Trinity Christian.  A Waupun, Wisconsin native, Van Den Berg started 27 games for Trinity Christian last season.

LAST TIME…Davenport’s 62-61 win over Saint Francis came at home for the Panthers.  Davenport was outrebounded 42-27 but turned the ball over eight fewer times than Saint Francis which gave the eight more shots from the floor to make up for 42.9 percent field goal shooting to their opponents’ 45.8 percent night.  Burnett scored 21 and had two rebounds and four steals,  Ford added 13 points and DeArmond Davis chipped in with 12.

The Trolls’ win over Indiana-Kokomo was highlighted by a 21 point night by Jared Jones, a freshman from Des Moines.  Jake Van Den Berg had 15 points and 19 rebounds in the win and  Ezekiel Odonkor added 13 points and had 12 rebounds with Cody Rhorer adding 11 points.  Trinity won the rebounding battle with a 54-25 advantage and they made 40 percent of their field goals while limiting Kokomo to 38 percent success.  Trinity also got to the free throw line 32 times and made 24.
RANKINGS…. The first NAIA Division II basketball polls were released on October 29.  The women’s poll is dominated by GPAC teams with Morningside no. 3; Concordia no. 5, Northwestern no. 7; Briar Cliff no. 12 and Dakota Wesleyan is receiving votes.  Jamestown is no. 10 and Valley City State is receiving votes. 

The men’s poll features Midland at no. 8, Northwestern at no. 15 and Hastings at no. 23.  Morningside is in the receiving votes category of the poll.  Jamestown is in the receiving votes category of the rankings.

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