POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. —
The Statesmen again broke through first, but the programs exchange blows the rest of the way with both going up by only one each time. That was until Madison drained his fifth and final long bomb with 35 ticks remaining to change the score to 118-116.
Dordt still had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Stahle recorded a huge steal and was consequently fouled with 13 seconds left. He could have potentially iced the contest on the other end, but failed to hit either free attempt.
The Defenders dashed down the court for their last opportunity, but a misfired shot by GPAC Player of the Year Kyle Lindbergh would not fall. The ball was tipped out to Madison and he pulled away from the field to run out the clock. William Penn coaches and players rushed the floor and hugs and high fives were shared with anyone in arm’s reach, both on the hardwood and in the stands.
“That was the greatest display of desire and teamwork I have ever seen, and the greatest game I have ever been a part of,” William Penn coach John Henry said.
Heroes were everywhere Thursday-Friday, not just in the form of No. 23 (Madison). Schwab tallied a silent 27 points with most of his tally coming at the stripe as he was 17-for-19. William Penn finished 39-for-56 overall at the line. The junior snatched up five steals as well.
Blake Walker also had a contribution that flew under the radar, finishing with his second career triple-double of 10 points, a team-best 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Stahle added 17 off the bench, while Baltruns had nine. Logan Alexander and Jesse Utt, on his 19th birthday no less, each produced seven points. McGee put up five in addition to two blocks.
The heave-em-up-from-wherever Statesmen were forced by Dordt into a different offensive scheme, trying only 26 3-pointers (11 makes for a 42.3 percent clip). Dordt, a squad not as likely to go with a perimeter approach, actually gave it a try quite a few more times, going 13-for-36 overall.