Defenders Host Basketball Classic Friday And Saturday

Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt will host a classic on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27 with Peru State, Northwestern and Oak Hills Christian making up the field with the Defenders.

Friday, November 26
5:00 Northwestern vs Peru State
7:00 Dordt vs Oak Hills Christian

Saturday, November 27
2:00 Northwestern vs Oak Hills Christian
4:00 Dordt vs Peru State

Northwestern is 7-1 this season and have a 1-1 GPAC record. The Raiders lost on November 23 to Midland to stop a seven game winning streak that started the season.

Alex Van Kalsbeek tops Northwestern with a 22.3 points per game average and he takes in 9.4 rebounds with 3.4 assists per contest. Van Kalsbeek converts 67 percent of his field goal attempts. Trent Hilbrands is adding 18.1 points per game and leads the team with 23 made three-point shots. Matt Onken and Noah Slagter are at 10.6 and 10.0 points per game respectively and they get 4.8 and 5.5 rebounds per game. Grant De Meulenaere converts 9.3 points per game and is the co-leader with Van Kalsbeek in assists per game with 3.4.

Oak Hills is 1-7 this season with a win over Emmaus Bible College and most recently lost a 79-78 contest with Central Christian College in a game played in Minneapolis on November 20.

Peru State is 4-5 this season and is 1-1 in the Heart of America Conference and the Bobcats have won three games in a row. Peru State started the season slowly with five losses to Morningside, Northwestern Bellevue, Concordia and William Penn. All but the loss to Morningside were by single digits and Peru State has lost to Concordia and William Penn by one and three points each.

The Defenders are 7-3 this season and are 1-2 in GPAC play after beating Briar Cliff on Tuesday night. Losses in the league for the Defenders are to Concordia and Morningside and Dordt also stumbled in overtime to William Penn.

Bryce Coppock leads the Defenders with a 16.3 points per game average along with 4.7 rebounds and he is making 42 percent of his field goals with 2.3 assists. Jacob Vis adds 15.6 points per game and is converting 63 percent of his field goals and leads the team in rebounds with 7.3 per game. Cade Bleeker is good for 13 points per game and Luke Rankin’s average is 12.2 points per game with 5.8 assists. Jackson Louscher is good for 7.4 points per contest as Dordt outscores teams 85.3-72.9.

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