The Charger men’s’ basketball team ended its 2019-20 regular season in dramatic fashion Wednesday, topping Dordt 95-92 in a game that came down to the final minute. Both teams held double digit leads in the contest with Dordt up 14 points in the first half and BC leading by 11 in the second half. The Cliff scored 61 second-half points to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit in Sioux Center, Iowa.
BC took an early 5-0 lead but Dordt scored five straight points to tie the game and did not trail again in the first half. The Defenders took a 48-34 lead into halftime.
Briar Cliff went on a 14-0 run in the second half to even the game at 57 each with 12:52 on the clock and forced a timeout call by the Defenders. Dordt broke the tie with a 2-point basket right out of the timeout but Jackson Lamb hit one of his five 3-pointers to put the Chargers back on top. The teams were tied again at 61 when Lamb gave BC the lead for good with a free throw at the 12:00 mark.
The Cliff was up 11 points with less than five minutes to play but Dordt fought back to within two with 68 seconds remaining.
A 2-point bucket by Dordt helped the Defenders trail just 91-88 with 25 seconds on the clock. A Defender steal off the next inbound pass led to a 3-point try for Dordt that rattled in and out. Jackson Lamb grabbed the rebound and was fouled, sending him to the line for the bonus free throws. Lamb sank both and the Chargers were able to hold off the Defenders in the final seconds.
Despite only scoring five in the first half, Lamb poured in 30 total points to lead all players. He also tallied nine rebounds and six steals. Ethan Freidel also had a big night, scoring 24 points for the Cliff. Jay Wolfe chipped in 19 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Nic Lutmer matched Lamb’s rebound total with nine boards.
Jesse Jansma scored a team-high 22 points for Dordt. He was joined in double figures by five other Defenders. Chad Barkema had 11 points to go with three assists and four steals.
BC went 32-for-62 from the field and 12-for-32 from beyond the arc. The team was a perfect 19-for-19 from the free throw line. Dordt was 48.6% in field goal shooting, 19% from three and 81% from the charity stripe.
The Chargers end the regular season with a 20-7 overall record and 14-6 GPAC mark. The Cliff has won at least 20 games in a season for the fifth straight year. Wednesday’s win secured at least a #3 seed in the conference tournament and will be seeded second if Jamestown falls to Morningside Saturday.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team allowed a 26-0 first-half run by #12 Dordt Wednesday night and could not overcome the deficit, falling 83-35 to the Defenders in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Chargers led 8-5 at the 5:29 mark in the first quarter before the Defender run that lasted 13 minutes and 13 seconds. Taylor Wagner‘s four points were a team-high for the Chargers in the first half and the team trailed 37-12 at halftime.
Dordt continued to pull away from the Chargers in the second half, leading by 30 after three quarters of action and finished the game with a 48-point lead.
“We didn’t play good basketball tonight,” said head coach Mike Power. “We need to bounce back on Saturday.”
Logan Ehlers scored six points to go with four rebounds and two blocks. Madelyn Deitchleradded five points and five rebounds. Faith Troshynski had three steals. The Cliff shot just 20.8% from the field in the contest and 28.6% from the 3-point line.
Erika Feenstra scored a game-high 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Defenders. Siennah Stamness was also in double digits with 13 points and Annie Rhinesmith dished out seven assists. Dordt was 46% in field goal shooting and 41.7% from beyond the arc.
The Cliff falls to 14-15 overall and 8-13 in the GPAC while Dordt is now 20-9 and 13-8. The team will fight to earn a spot in the GPAC tournament when it takes on College of Saint Mary Saturday at the Newman Flanagan Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.