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Game Time...Northwestern College plays host to Concordia this weekend in a key conference match-up for senior/parent's day. Tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 14 is scheduled for 4pm. The Red Raiders are tied with Nebraska Wesleyan for eighth place in the GPAC with a 7-10 league record, 14-11 overall. Concordia is alone in seventh place with an 8-10 league record, 15-13 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 43-18 and is 8-2 over the last 10 games against Concordia.
Last Time vs Concordia...Colton Kooima knocked down a three-pointer with three seconds left to give Northwestern a 108-106 overtime win over Concordia in a match-up played on Jan. 10 in Seward, Neb.
Down five (106-101) after a pair of free throws by Eli Ziegler, Northwestern rallied, scoring the final seven points over the final 1:30 of the overtime period. T.J. Buyert started the comeback by draining his fifth three-pointer of the game to cut the deficit to two, 106-104. The Red Raiders then came up with a big stop on the defensive end and Bryce Moss drew a foul on a putback attempt, hitting 1-of-2 free throws to make it a one-point game with 30 seconds to go.
The Red Raiders forced Concordia into a turnover on the inbounds play and following a time-out with 16 seconds left, worked the ball over to Kooima who hit the game winner from the left wing. The host Bulldogs missed on a half-court shot as time expired to seal the win for NWC.
Northwestern shot 51% for the game, 39% from beyond the arc (9-for-23), and had five players score in double figures. Buyert led the way with 19 points, going 5-for-8 from the three-point line and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Kooima chipped in 18 and Jordan Baker recorded another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nathan Wedel (16) and Bryce Moss (15) round out the top scorers for NWC, who also held and edge on the boards, 44-36.
Concordia was led by Chandler Folkerts with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists, making 11-of-13 field goal attempts. Haywood added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who shot 49% from the floor.
Scouting the Bulldogs...Concordia has won two of its last three games to move up to seventh place in the GPAC standings with an 8-10 record, 15-13 overall, with two games left in the regular season. The Bulldogs hold a half game lead over both Northwestern and Nebraska Wesleyan and trail Hastings and Dordt by one game for fifth place. Last time out, Concordia upset 12th-ranked Midland 79-71 on the road on Wednesday night, led by a 17-point, seven rebound effort by Joel Haywood.
Ben Limback is in his second season as the Bulldogs head coach and returns four starters and nine players off a 2013-14 team that finished 10th in the league at 3-17, 8-21. Prior to coming to Concordia, Limback spent nine years as the head of the Concordia (Mich.) men's program.
Concordia averages 78 points per game and shoots 47% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Bulldogs are giving up 76 points per game and lead the NAIA with 138 blocked shots.
Three Bulldogs' players average in double figures, led by the duo of Chandler Folkerts (15.5ppg) and Robby Thomas (13.1ppg). Both players are returning starters and earned all-conference honors last year. Folkerts is shooting a GPAC-best 61% from the field and leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game. Thomas leads the GPAC with 68 blocked shots and is second on the team in rebounding (6.8). Joel Haywood, the 2012 GPAC freshman of the year, averages 12 points per game and Eli Ziegler leads the team with 58 three-pointers.
Northwestern News and Notes...With three games left in the regular season, Northwestern is tied with Nebraska Wesleyan for eighth place in the GPAC with a 7-10 league record, 14-11 overall. They are just a half game in back of Concordia for seventh place and one game back of both Hastings and Dordt for fifth place. The Red Raiders have lost three of their last four, falling to ranked teams Midland, Briar Cliff and Dakota Wesleyan with a win over Doane.
Northwestern ranks fifth in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 88 points per game, and is one of the top shooting teams in the nation at 50%. They are second in the NAIA in rebounding (+11) and are giving up 81 points per game.
Saturday marks the final home game for the two seniors on this year’s roster: Levi Ettleman and Gerasimos Mantalvanos. Both have left their mark within the Red Raider program, leading Northwestern to a 46-31 GPAC record, 78-42 overall, and two trips to the national tournament during their career.
Levi Ettleman- is a senior from Logan, Iowa, who will play football in the fall and finish up his academic requirements. Levi hopes to teach in physical education and coach in the future. Levi was a part of the 2013 GPAC regular season championship team which helped earn our 19th national tournament appearance in school history. Levi was also a part of the Red Raider team which won the GPAC Tournament in 2012 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II National Championship. Levi is a very talented individual who has used his gifts on the football field, on the basketball floor, and as a thrower on our track team. Levi is an outstanding Christian man who tries to live a life worthy of the calling he has received. We are very proud of Levi and we are grateful for his contributions to our team and the entire campus community. We will be rooting for Levi to faithfully serve his talented wife, Karen Ettleman, and expectantly watch the two of them make a difference for the Lord. We have been very blessed to have Levi in our lives here. Levi will be missed and as we launch him out, we trust he will be an agent of change and hope wherever God leads him. Thank you, Levi!
Levi’s career stats: 86 games played with 55 starts: scored 492 points (5.7 per game), grabbed 311 rebounds (3.6) and dished out 126 assists (1.5).
Geri Mantalvanos- is a senior from Athens, Greece. He will come back next fall to earn his degree in computer information systems . “G” is a great dude! When people see Gerry, they see this big strong man – and he is big and strong – just ask Justin, Bryce, and Jordan J! When coaches and teammates see Gerry, we see someone who is caring, teachable, and very respectful. Gerry has learned a lot while being at Northwestern and even more Jerry has taught us a lot. It has been an honor to have Gerry share the last two years with us. He has been a positive and hard-working teammate. He has been a joy to have in our program. Gerry has done what he has been asked to do with a great attitude and he is a man we respect a ton. We will miss Jerry’s sense of humor, his smile, and his warm personality. It is our prayer that Gerry will take what he has learned while with us and incorporate it into his life as a future husband, father, and servant leader. Thank you, “G”!
Geri’s career stats: 31 games with 6 starts; 79 points (2.5ppg), 86 rebounds (2.8rpg) and 16 assists.
Up Next...Northwestern will close the regular season with two road games next week, beginning with a match-up against Dordt on Wednesday night, Feb. 18, at 8pm.
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