Northwestern defeated second-ranked Dordt College 86-61 Tuesday night in the GPAC men’s basketball championship presented by Rawlings. The Red Raiders won their fourth conference championship, all under the direction of head coach Kris Korver, who also earned his 300th career win on the NWC bench. Northwestern won its eighth straight game and improved to 25-6 on the year. Dordt lost for the first time at home and falls to 28-4. Both teams have qualified and will play in next week’s NAIA Division II men’s basketball national championship in Point Lookout, Mo.
The game was tied just once (2-2) as Northwestern opened up an early 7-2 lead. Dordt pulled to within three (13-10) until the Red Raiders went on an 11-0 run as five different players scored to lead 24-10. The host Defenders were within nine (27-18) but Northwestern went on another 11-0 spurt, keyed by a four-point play by Ryan Stock and a three-pointer by Walker Seim, to go up 38-18. They led 45-24 at the half.
The Red Raiders held the lead at 20 points for most of the second half until Dordt went on an 8-0 run to get within 16 after a Cliff Warner three-pointer with 7:27 to go. Northwestern responded, however, by scoring the next eight points, the final four coming on back-to-back lay-ups by Jon Kramer, to push the lead to over 20 once again.
Northwestern shot 54% for the game and had four players score in double figures, led by Walker Seim with 17 points. The senior went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and made all six free throw attempts. Jon Kramer put in 16 points and dished out five assists and Ben Miller (13) and Ryan Stock (11) were also in double figures. Miller pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and also dished out five assists. Northwestern outrebounded Dordt 33-29 and dished out 16 total assists while committing only 11 turnovers.
MOC-Floyd Valley Girls Advance To 3A Semifinals
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MOC-Floyd Valley advances to the semi-final round in the Class 3A Girls State Tournament. They’ll face Sioux City Heelan Thursday evening at 6:00. Heelan Picked up a 77-60 quarterfinal victory Tuesday afternoon over Dubuque Wahlert to advance to the semifinal.
The 3A Championship game is scheduled for Saturday night at 6:30. The Girls State Tournament is being played this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Western Christian Wolfpack opened the Class 2A Girls State Basketball Tournament with a 47-45 win over Estherville Lincoln Central Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. With the win it’s on to the semi finals Thursday at noon where they will they will face top-ranked OA-BCIG, who was a 48-41 winner over West Marshall in the late game Monday night.
After trailing by as much as 12 points in the second half the Wolfpack tied the score at 42-42 and then took the lead 43-42 as Alissa Pollema hit a pair of free throws with 1:26 left to play. Following a foul at the other end Alyssa Johnson of Estherville Lincoln Central tied it at 43-43 as she hit one of two free throw attempts with 1:16 to play. On Western’s next possession Pollema hit a jumper with one minute left and Western was back in front 45-43. At the other end it was Johnson with another jumper and the Midgets tied it again at 45-45 with: 49 seconds to play.
Off a missed shot by the Wolfpack Kim Kroeze put the ball in after the rebound and the Wolfpack had the lead 47-45 with: 06 seconds to play. Kroeze was fouled on the play and following a jump ball tie up Western had possession and ran the in bounds play successfully to kill the clock and move on to the semi finals.
Western had two players in double figures as Pollema ended with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 shooting from the line. Jamie Gesink added a dozen points as well hitting 3-of-3 from the field including a three-point bucket. Gesink went 5-of -6 from the line.
The Midgets had two players in Double figures as Alyssa Johnson hit for 13 points and Allie Sievert pumped in 12 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.
For the 5th ranked Wolfpack now 23-3 it’s on to the semi finals on Thursday. Estherville Lincoln Central ends the year at 24-3.
Listen for the broadcast of the 2A semi final at noon Thursday on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame begins at 11:50. We’ll stream from the website as well at www.kiwaradio.com.
The top ranked MOC Floyd Valley Dutch boys basketball team is state tournament bound following a 76-52 Class 3A Substate win over Storm Lake on the Buena Vista Campus Monday night.
MOC-FV, the top-seed will face the eighth seed Sioux City Heelan in the State 3A Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 6th at 3:30 pm.
Keegan Mulder led the way hitting 5 three-point baskets as the Dutch took a 35-7 first quarter lead. At the half the lead was 55-24. at the end of three quarters MOC Floyd Valley was in front 60-41 going on to win 76-52. Mulder would finish with 8 three-point baskets on the night.
With their ticket to the State 3A Tournament punched the Dutch will bring the Siouxland Conference total to three teams that are headed to the State Boys Basketball Tournament. In a Substate doubleheader Saturday night at Tyson Event Center the Boyden Hull Comets earned a spot in the 1A field and the Sioux Center Warriors earned their way into the 2A elite eight.
High School Tournament Basketball Scores
Girls Class 2A State Tournament Quarterfinal
Western Christian 47
Estherville-Lincoln Central 45
Boys Class 3A Substate
MOC-Floyd Valley 76
Storm Lake 52
MOC-Floyd Valley advances to the Boys State Tournament, where they’ll be the 1 Seed, facing Sioux City Heelan in the quarterfinals, Tuesday March 6th at 3:30 p.m.