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Dordt-Cardinal Stritch To Battle In Quarterfinals

March 8, 2013

GAMETIME… Dordt College will face Cardinal Stritch on Saturday, March 9 at 3:00 pm in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA Men’s Division II National Basketball Tournament hosted by the College of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri at Point Lookout.    The game will be broadcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be an audio webstream available at  Results and updates will be available at  and at when complete.

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SCOUTING REPORT… Cardinal Stritch is the no. 2 seed in the tournament and come in with a 32-3 record after finishing the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 23-1 mark.  The Wolves were the regular season champion and the post-season tournament champion, beating Trinity Christian (72-49), St. Francis (81-46)and Saint Xavier (84-75) to win the title.  Cardinal Stritch spent two weeks at no. 1 in the national poll and three weeks at no. 2.  The Wolves lost to MidAmerica Nazarene on December 18 for their first loss of the season by a 75-67 margin.  Wisconsin Whitewater beat them on January 2,  91-81 and Saint Xavier handed them a loss of 66-62 at home on January 19.  Stritch has won 12 games in a row.

Drew Diener’s team is averaging 75.4 points per game and allow 59.8 points per outing while converting 47.8 percent of their field goals and limiting opponents to 41.3 percent.  The Wolves have made 32.1 percent of their three-point attempts (177-551) and have turned the ball over 426 times in 34 games to 515 for opponents.  They also hold a 37.7-26.8 rebounding advantage.

Derek Semenas makes Stritch go averaging 16.4 points per game with 49.2 percent shooting and he takes down 5.4 rebounds per game.  The do it all player has 77 assists and 35 steals and has converted 80 percent of his free throws.  Darren Moore puts in 15.3 points per game with 8.0 rebounds per contest and his shooting percentage is 67.2.  Tony Smit contributes 9.3 points per game to the cause and Mike Simpson and Chad Mazur are at 8.6 and 8.5 points per game respectively with both coming off the bench.  Simpson has 102 assists and Nick Ford, the starting point guard, has 161 assists.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt College is 28-6 this season and finished the year with a 15-5 GPAC mark and second place in the final conference standings.  Dordt went on to win the post-season tournament championship and is currently on a nine game winning streak.  Dordt has won 12 of 13 games and has played ten games this season against teams in the NAIA National Tournament field with three of its losses coming to entrants Dakota State, Northwestern and Midland.  The Defenders are the no. 10 seed in the tournament.

Dordt is averaging 80.5 points per game on offense and limit teams to 68.6 points per game defensively.  The Defenders have converted 50.9 percent of their field goals while teams are making 42.6 percent against them.  Dordt holds a 38.7-30.1 rebounding advantage and have turned the ball over 471 times in 34 games while forcing 409 turnovers.  The Defenders are 231-614 from the three point line for 37.6 percent success and they have made 68.9 percent of their free throws this season (542-787).

Trevor Wolterstorff is scoring at a 14.8 points per game clip to go with a team high rebounding average of 6.8.  Wolterstorff has 55 assists and has converted 57.5 percent of his field goals.  Cliff Warner is good for 14.4 points per game with a season total 130 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.  Warner has made 116-264 three-pointers for 43.9 percent success.  Jordan Vogel is at 13.0 points per game with 5.1 rebounds and he converts 65.7 percent of his field goals.  Chris Sievers is at 10.2 points per game and he is making 55.8 percent of his field goals.  Austin Katje chips in with 10.1points per game and has made 54 three-point baskets.  Kyle Lindbergh has lifted his scoring average to 7.3 points per game and he hauls down 6.1 rebounds.  Lindbergh has handed out 81 assists and has 41 steals.  Shawn Keizer adds 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds and is 30-72 on shots from behind the arc.

AFTER THIS…The winner of this game will advance to the semifinal round of the tournament on Monday at 8:00 pm against the Indiana Southest-Ozarks winner.

AT THE TOURNEY…Cardinal Stritch hasn’t been pushed yet, winning their first two games in commanding fashion.  The Wolves started with Jamestown on Wednesday and after allowing the Jimmies to stay within 35-31 at halftime, rolled up a 74-56 win.  Semenas had 19 points and Tony Smit 13.  Nick Ford dished off seven assists as Stritch made 27-53 field goals and they held a 31-23 rebounding advantage. 

Stritch didn’t let Bellevue hang around at all in the second round, getting in front 26-4 midway through the first half and 46-14 at halftime.  The Bruins didn’t have much fight left in them and Cardinal Stritch won 81-56 after getting ahead 60-21 in the second half.  Semenas had 20 with eight rebounds and Darren Moore scored 17.  Mazur and Simpson had 13 and 12 each as the Wolves held a 34-27 rebounding advantage.

Dordt trailed 10-6 early in its game with Northwest but used a nine point run to go up 15-10 and never trailed again in winning 79-59.  Cliff Warner topped Dordt’s shooting effort with 20 points including three, three-point shots to lift his career mark to 228.  Trevor Wolterstorff had 15 points and five rebounds while Chris Sievers came off the bench to score 13.  Austin Katje added 12 and Kyle Linbergh scored six with a game high 10 rebounds.

In the second round the Defenders were down 6-2 against Indiana Wesleyan but tied it at 8-8 on an Austin Katje three-point shot and took the lead for good at 12-10.  Dordt was up 35-42 at halftime and Wesleyan never got closer than seven in the second half as Dordt rolled 75-62.  Trevor Wolterstorff led the Defenders with 21 points on 7-11 shooting and he grabbed a team high eight rebounds.  Austin Katje added 16 and had four three-point shots and Shawn Keizer came off the bench for 13 with Cliff Warner dishing off nine assists.

SERIES….This is the first meeting between these two teams.

HISTORY…Cardinal Stritch is playing in its fourth straight national tournament advancing to the quarterfinal round for the second year in a row.  Last year the Wolves ended Briar Cliff’s season in the second round by a 55-50 margin and then lost to Davenport 68-54.  The previous two seasons the Milwaukee, Wisconsin based school was eliminated in the first round.  Stritch has six other national qualifying teams.

Dordt won its first two games at the 2012 National Tournament after building leads and holding on.  The Defenders were up on Cal-Maritime in the opener 32-22 at halftime and went on to win 63-54 while converting 26-51 shots and holding a 43-20 rebounding advantage.  Turnovers were a factor as Dordt had 21.  Trevor Wolterstorff had 19 points and ten rebounds with Cliff Warner adding 15 points with six rebounds and three assists.  Jordan Vogel tossed in 12 points with seven rebounds.

The second round game had Dordt enjoying a 39-22 halftime lead before Warner Pacific staged a comeback that came up short 77-70.  Dordt held a 32-22 rebounding advantage and got 26 points and six rebounds from Warner while Austin Katje added 17 and Jordan Vogel 14. 

One day later the Defender season ended in the quarterfinals against McPherson 82-78.  The Defenders got 24 points from Cliff Warner with three assists and a steal.  Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers each had 13 points in the loss.  Dordt was outrebounded 37-30 and didn’t help themselves at the free throw line where they were 13-22.

The Defenders also advanced to the Division II National Tournament in 2006 when they were bounced in the first round by Lindenwood.  Dordt’s previous trip to the national tournament was in 1988 when they advanced to the quarterfinals in the one class field.

THE FIELD (24 games finished)…Day one of the tournament was not good for the better seeds as we bid farewell to five seeded teams with three of them falling out of the top quarter of the field.  The biggest upset came when the host school, College of the Ozarks, beat no. 3 seed Northwest. York and Midland both earned their first wins ever in the national field in a pair of upsets that sent the no. 8 and no. 9 seeds home. 

Thursday saw the order restored as three of the top four seeds won games in Dordt’s quarterfinal bracket with the lone upset coming in mild form as Bellevue beat Rochester.  Later in the day St. Thomas dropped Mount Mercy from the seeded ranks; Grace blew out Tennesee Wesleyan 93-69 and Cal Maritime handed Northwestern a 76-54 loss as the first three games in that quarterfinal bracket went to the unseeded team.

Friday it was Midland winning in overtime over York in a match up of non-seeded teams, 76-71. Dordt followed with a 75-62 win over Indiana Wesleyan.  William Penn fought off a run by Bethel that had their 22 point halftime lead cut to one before pulling away 101-84.  Cardinal Stritch followed with the thrashing of Bellevue.    Indiana Southeast punched their ticket for the quarterfinals as they turned away St. Xavier 83-73 and Grace ended Cal Maritime’s stay at the tournament by bumping them out 72-53.  The College of the Ozarks defended their home court with a win over Southern Oregon 76-59 and Dakota State stayed alive by turning away St. Thomas 61-60.

The quarterfinal field consists of William Penn, Midland, Dordt, Cardinal Stritch, Ozarks, Indiana Southeast, Grace and Dakota State.  The GPAC is the lone conference with more than one team alive. There are four seeded teams remaining in the field with the Dordt-Cardinal Stritch game the only quarterfinal featuring two seeded squads. 

WELCOME TO THE CLUB…Chris Sievers became the fourth member of the team to score 1,000 career points and currently has 1,002 after Friday’s game.  He joins Trevor Wolterstorff (1,961), Jordan Vogel (1,372) and Cliff Warner (1,179) and is the 31st member overall.

Morningside 17-3/29-4
Concordia  16-4/25-6
Northwestern  15-5/24-7
Briar Cliff 13-7/24-9
Dakota Wesleyan 11-9/20-11
Mount Marty  10-10/16-14
Dordt College 10-10/16-15
Hastings  10-10/15-16
Midland   6-14/12-18
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/3-22
Doane   1-19/6-22

Northwestern 17-3/24-7
Dordt   15-5/28-6
Midland  12-8/21-12
Doane  11-9/21-10
Morningside 11-9/18-15
Hastings  11-9/20-11
Briar Cliff 10-10/19-12
Dakota Wesleyan 9-11/14-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-12/13-12
Mount Marty  4-16/8-21
Concordia  2-18/6-22

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