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Dordt Thanksgiving Classic
Fri, Nov 8 - Sat, Nov 9
|Location:||Orange City, Iowa|
Game Time...Northwestern College will host its men's basketball classic this weekend, Nov. 8-9, in the Bultman Center. Friday's games will get underway at 6pm with #10 Davenport vs Dordt, followed by the nightcap, #15 Northwestern vs Trinity Christian. On Saturday, Trinity Christian will face Dordt at 2:30pm, followed by the #10 Davenport vs #15 Northwestern. Watch/listen live to all of the games via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 4-0 all-time against Trinity Christian but has not played the Trolls since an 88-67 win in 2005-06. This will be the first ever match-up against Davenport.
Davenport...Ranked 10th in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll, the Panthers are off to a 2-0 start this season. Davenport won its own Tip-Off Classic last weekend, defeating Kuyper College (94-58) and St. Francis (62-61). They are members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and were picked to win the conference regular season title, earning 10 of the 12 possible first place votes.
Burt Paddock is an impressive 131-90 heading into his sixth season as the head coach of the Panthers. Paddock has guided Davenport to four straight national tournaments and back-to-back WHAC regular season titles. Last year, Davenport won the conference title with an 18-4 record and earned the ninth seed heading into the national tournament. They were upset by York (Neb.) in the first round, ending the year at 27-7. Four starters and three of its top scorers return for Coach Paddock, who also brought in one of the strongest recruiting classes in school history.
Through two games, Davenport is scoring 78 points per game while surrendering just under 60 points per game. The Panthers are led by sophomore Dominez Burnett, averaging 19 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Burnett was named the WHAC Newcomer of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors as a freshman. Senior JaVontae Ford also returns and averages 14 points per game this year. Ford is a two-time all-conference player and was also named to the all-defensive team in 2012-13. Mike Betcher, a transfer from Goshen College, averages 8.5 points and four boards per game after sitting out last season. DeArmond Davis (7ppg) and Dawid Czerniawski (1ppg, 5rpg) are the other returning starters.
Dordt...The Defenders are off to a 3-0 start this season, having defeated Valley City State (100-93), Jamestown (96-92) and Grace (122-89).
Ross Douma is in his fifth season as the Defenders head coach and owns the highest winning percentage (74%) in the program. Douma, the 2011-12 GPAC coach of the year, guided the Defenders to their second straight national quarterfinals last year, losing to eventual champion Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in double-overtime. They finished with a 28-7 overall record and were second in the GPAC with a 15-5 record. Dordt won the GPAC postseason title last year and returns two starters and five players off that squad.
Dordt is the third highest scoring team in the NAIA, pouring in 106 points per game so far this season. They shoot 55% from the field, 10th best in the NAIA, and have made 18-of-52 three-point attempts. Senior Kyle Lindbergh, a two-time all-GPAC selection, leads the team in scoring at 21.3 points per game. Lindbergh is shooting 71% from the field and is also the team's leading rebounder (9.7rpg). The other returning starter is Austin Katje, a two-time all-conference pick. Katje averages 16.7 points per game and is tied for the team lead with six three-pointers. Katje scored his 1,000th point in the Defenders win over Valley City State earlier this year. Junior Tyler Wolterstorff averages 16.7 points and two rebounds per game while freshman Dalton Franken scores 15.3 points per game in his first season.
Trinity Christian...The Trolls have a 1-0 record heading into the weekend as they opened their season with a 75-62 win over Indiana-Kokomo on Nov. 1. Trinity Christian is a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Brandon Nicol is in his third season as the head coach, coming to Trinity Christian after a successful five-year stint at Colorado Christian. He guided the Trolls to an eighth place finish in the CCAC last year with a 10-14 record. They lost to top-seed Cardinal Stritch in the conference quarterfinals to end the year at 11-21. Two starters and six players return off the 2012-13 squad.
Senior Jake Van Den Berg is one of the returning starters for the Trolls, scoring 15 points and pulling down 19 rebounds in the season-opening win over Indiana-Kokomo. Junior Ezekiel Odonkor is also a returning starter and recorded a double-double (13pts, 12 rebounds) in his team's win. Coach Nicol has nine freshmen on this year's roster, led by Jared Jones, who scored a game-high 22 points, going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, in his first collegiate game.
Northwestern News and Notes...Ranked 15th in the NAIA preseason poll, Northwestern is off to a 2-1 start to the 2013-14 season. They earned wins over Jamestown (76-63) and Valley City State (80-72) last weekend but suffered their first loss of the year on Wednesday, falling to #18 Dakota State 78-72.
Northwestern is scoring 76 points per game this season, shooting 42% from the field and 30% (19-for-64) from beyond the arc. Zack Leeper leads the team in scoring, putting in 14 points per game. The senior guard is tied for the team lead with five three-pointers and also pulls down 5.7 rebounds per game. Both Tyler Goldston and Jordan Baker score 12 points per game in their first year with the Red Raiders. Baker is shooting 63% from the field and grabs a team-high 7.3 boards per game. Joey Habtemariam leads the team with 14 assists and scores 8.7 points per game. Defensively, Northwestern is giving up 71 points per game while holding a +8 advantage on the glass.
Up Next...Northwestern opens conference play on Tuesday night, Nov. 12, against Briar Cliff in Sioux City, Iowa.
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