In the Dutch play-offs of the BNXT League, Donar and Landstede Hammers did not succeed in bringing back the tension in the semi-finals. Heroes Den Bosch took its second win in Groningen (67-73). Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden also reached match point by winning 79-89 in Zwolle.
By: Mannus Etten & Martin Hoekstra
Photo credits: Gerrie van der Boom & Orange Pictures
Donar Groningen – Heroes Den Bosch 67-73 (0-2)
Tonight, Donar played the first home game in the semifinal series against Heroes Den Bosch. Donte Ingram took his place in the stands again. It remains to be seen whether the American will be allowed to play the next game. Tonight it appeared that there might have to be some changes in the Donar team to still have a chance.
Led by Shane Hammink in particular, Heroes Den Bosch was able to make a small gap in the first half (10 points in favour of the visitors). That difference was still there at halftime: 28-38 in favour of Den Bosch.
It was remarkable that Heroes Den Bosch did not play very strong either and could not increase the gap any further. But Donar could not turn the tide despite the efforts of, for example, Henry Caruso and Marquis Addison.
With the score 38-48 the teams started the last quarter and halfway through the quarter Donar suddenly gained ground. With the score at 60-64 Erik Braal went for a time-out. Would Donar still be able to strike? Unfortunately the momentum lasted too short for Donar and a couple of important distance shots failed to materialise. Austin Price prevented Donar from coming closer with a couple of scores in a row. Heroes Den Bosch then simply played for time. The last score just before the final whistle was for Donar, but with a 67-73 victory Heroes Den Bosch could go home and the team from Den Bosch is on match point in the semi-finals.
Marquis Addison scored 16 points for Donar. Henry Caruso (9 rebounds) and Austin Luke scored 11 points. Shane Hammink was good for 20 points for Heroes Den Bosch, Austin Price contributed 16 points. Mohamed Kherrazi grabbed 10 rebounds.
Landstede Hammers Zwolle – Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 79-89 (0-2)
While Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden started with the same five players, Landstede Hammers had Mike Schilder replace Thorir Thorbjarnarson. Jhonathan Dunn didn’t care and scored 9 points within four minutes. Thanks in part to three-pointers by Lucas Kruithof and Einaras Tubutis, Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden’s lead was 11-15. Noah Dahlman kept Landstede Hammers in the race with 14 of his 30 points in the first quarter: 26-26.
In the second quarter, Landstede Hammers took a seven-point lead (36-29), but a three-pointer by Maarten Bouwknecht and a score by Worthy de Jong, who returned to the team, erased Landstede’s lead.
After the break (48-45), Asbjørn Midtgaard also started to get involved in the game. His dunk made it 48-52. Landstede Hammers fought back and held a 59-58 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden then posted an 0-11 run.
The last quarter started at 62-69. Landstede Hammers came back strongly to 71-74, but Peter Olisemeka’s offensive rebounds created second chances. With just over three minutes to go, it was 73-79, but then Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden put an end to the game thanks to Midtgaard and De Jong. After Kevin Bleeker’s second unsportsmanlike foul, De Jong made two free throws. From the ball, Dunn threw an alley-oop pass to Midtgaard for 73-87. With a 79-89 final score, Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden could finish the job Saturday.
Noah Dahlman finished the game with 30 points against 69% shooting percentage. Naba Echols registered 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Jhonathan Dunn scored 25 points for Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden. Asbjørn Midtgaard finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Worthy de Jong finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Peter Olisemeka was top rebounder with 9.