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A season filled with buzzer beaters and narrow wins and losses came to an end for the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team on February 21. It was only fitting that the final shot of the season was another that beat the horn, handing the Defenders a heartbreaking 78-76 loss to Briar Cliff.
In a season where ten games were determined by eight points or less and seven were decided on the last possession, the Defenders finished 14-14 overall and 6-12 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. They missed the post-season playoffs for the first time since the 1998-1999 season.
Two seniors played their last season for the Defenders, with Kyle Van Arendonk and Peter Anderson completing their Dordt College careers. Anderson, from Eureka, South Dakota, played in all 28 games for the Defenders this season, starting in nine while averaging 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Van Arendonk, a three-year starter from Pella, Iowa, averaged 14.8 points per game as a senior while also grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game. Van Arendonk leaves as the ninth leading scorer in school history with 1210 career points. He also had 213 career assists for eleventh place, 135 steals for fourth place, and 429 rebounds for twentieth place all time.
Both Van Arendonk and Anderson were NAIA Scholar Athletes for the second consecutive year, with Van Arendonk earning all conference honors. Luke Ruter, a sophomore from Sioux Center, also earned all-conference honors after leading the Defenders in scoring with 15.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
This marked the ninth season on the bench for coach Greg Van Soelen, with his career coaching record standing at 120-102.