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Men’s Basketball Defeated by Whitworth 76-51 in Seattle

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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SEATTLE, WA - Calvin opened its trip to northwest Washington with a 76-51 loss to eighth-ranked Whitworth University Thursday night at Mercer Island High School. Whitworth (9-2) owned the boards in the win, outrebounding Calvin (5-5) 47-32 led by 6-8 center Felix Friedt who scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Friedt had his way in the first half, scoring 12 points and forcing Calvin sophomore center Tyler Kruis to the bench with three fouls while Calvin’s backup post Nate Van Eck was also whistled for a pair of first half fouls. Calvin (5-5) placed three players in double-digits in scoring led by junior Tom Snikkers with 12 points while juniors Bryan Powell and Matt DeBoer had 10 points apiece with DeBoer stretching his double-figure scoring streak to six games in the process. Calvin returns to action Friday night when it travels north to Lynden Public High School to take on Whitman College at 10 p.m. (EST).

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Tickets to the Public Now On Sale for February 11 Calvin-Hope Men’s Basketball Game

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Tickets for the men’s basketball game between Calvin and Hope on February 11 at Van Noord Arena are now on sale to the public at the Calvin Box Office. Tickets can be ordered by phone (616) 526-6282 or online at: Calvin Box Office Tickets are $8.00 and all seats are reserved. The men’s Calvin vs. Hope series now spans 90 years and 179 games. Hope leads the series 92-87.

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Former Holland Christian Standouts Team Up on Calvin Men’s Basketball Team

Sunday, December 11, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photos by Sandy Palmatter

For the first time in almost two decades, Holland Christian High School has produced three varsity basketball players at Calvin College in senior Brian Haverdink, sophomore Jordan Mast and freshman Tyler Dykstra. The former Maroons are all excited to help build Calvin’s program while playing with each other. The Knights are currently 5-4 on the year with all three individuals receiving playing time throughout the non-conference season.

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Men’s Basketball Heads Into Christmas Break With 83-63 Victory Over Trinity Christian College

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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The Calvin men’s basketball team will head into Christmas break with a 5-4 record after defeating Trinity Christian College 83-63 Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Calvin led 47-33 at halftime and led by as many as 30 points in the second half before coasting to the win. The Knights were led by junior Tom Snikkers with 17 points while junior Matt DeBoer stretched his double-figure scoring streak to five games with a 16-point performance. Sophomore Jordan Mast also tossed in a career-high 13 points off the bench while junior Bryan Powell added 11 points in a reserve role. Sophomore center Tyler Kruis also had nine points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Junior Nate Van Eck also blocked three shots. As a team, Calvin blocked 11 shots in the win. The Knights return to action on December 29, facing Whitworth College in Seattle, Washington.

Jordan Mast Postgame Audio Interview

Tyler Kruis Postgame Audio Interview

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Men’s Basketball Falls to Wheaton 71-66 in CCIW/MIAA Challenge

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photo by Paul Evans

A day after completing a comeback victory against Carthage College, Calvin hosted No. 13 Wheaton College in the final game of the CCIW/MIAA Challenge. Bidding for its first win over Wheaton since 2005, Calvin came up short, falling 71-66. Calvin held a 60-47 lead but Wheaton outscored Calvin 24-6 over the final six minutes of the game which included an 18-0 run to claim the win. Junior Matt DeBoer had a career-high 20 points and six rebounds for Calvin, while sophomore Mickey DeVries was the only other Knight in double digits with 10. Junior Tom Snikkers added nine points and six boards while sophomore Tyler Kruis tallied four points and nine rebounds.

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Vande Streek Records 300th Win at Calvin in 71-68 Triumph Over Carthage in MIAA/CCIW Challenge

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Hosting the MIAA/CCIW Challenge, Calvin played in the nightcap against Carthage College after Hope defeated Wheaton in a 79-78 thriller. Head Coach Kevin Vande Streek came into the match with 299 wins on his Calvin resume’, and was looking for his 300th. Vande Streek got that 300th win on Friday night as Calvin recorded a come-from-behind 71-68 victory over Carthage College on the first night of the MIAA/CCIW Challenge. Juniors Tom Snikkers and Matt DeBoer scored 15 points apiece to help lead the Knights to the win. Calvin is now 4-3 on the year including 4-0 at Van Noord Arena this season. Vande Streek is now 300-126 in his 16 years at the helm of the Calvin men’s basketball program. Calvin will face Wheaton on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. while Hope will take on Carthage at 3:30 p.m. Earlier on Friday, Hope edged Wheaton 79-78.

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Men’s Basketball Defeated by Aquinas 69-63 at Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Calvin dropped the second game of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic to Aquinas College by a final score of 69-63.Calvin was led in defeat by Matt DeBoer’s 18 points on 8-14 shooting.  Junior Tom Snikkers was the other Calvin player in double figures.  His 11 second half points, 13 total, could not propel the Knights to victory. For his efforts in the tournament, DeBoer was named to the all-tournament team. Sophomore Tyler Kruis had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Knights.

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Men’s Basketball Falls to Cornerstone 94-77 at Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament

Saturday, November 26, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI—A slow start to the second half proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome in their first contest at this year’s Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic hosted by Cornerstone University. Calvin (3-2) came out with great energy and toughness at the start of the game bu the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone (3-4) came out on fire at the beginning of the second half and extended its lead to 20 points at the 16:04 mark.  The Knights never recovered from the 17-2 run put together by the Golden Eagles.Tyler Kruis and junior Matt DeBoer led the Knights in defeat with 14 points apiece.  Kruis also grabbed 8 rebounds and shot an impressive 10-10 from the line.  Junior forward Tom Snikkers reached double figures as well, finishing with 13 points.  Cornerstone guards Ronald Bates and Wes Hudson had 23 and 22 points respectively.  Fellow backcourt player Justin Yoder contributed with 21. Calvin looks to bounce back tomorrow night as the Knights make a return trip down the East Beltline to Cornerstone University for their showdown with Aquinas College at 6:00 p.m. (EST). 

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Men’s Basketball Holds Off Finlandia 78-70 at Van Noord Arena to Move to 3-1 on Season

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Calvin picked up its third victory of the year against one loss, handing the visiting Finlandia Lions 78-70 Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena. Finlandia (0-3) was 14-of-31 from three-point range (.452) but Calvin (3-1) held a 45-29 rebounding advantage and connected on 23-of-29 attempts (.793) from the free throw line.Sophomores Tyler Kruis and Mitch Vallie both swished a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. Kruis just missed a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 9 rebounds while matching a career scoring high. Senior Brian Haverdink also had 13 points for the Knights including a trio of three-pointers Junior Tom Snikkers chipped in with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jonathon Moore led Finlandia with 18 points on 6 of 7 shooting from three-point range. Matt Strong also had 12 points for the Lions. Calvin is back in action on Friday when it faces Cornerstone University at 8 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic at Cornerstone’s Mol Arena.

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Tom Snikkers Named MIAA Co-Player of the Week in Men’s Basketball

Monday, November 21, 2011

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Tom Snikkers and Hope forward Nate Snuggerud its Players of the Week in men’s basketball for games played through November 19. Snikkers, a junior from Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), averaged 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the week as the Knights won two of three games. He won tournament Most Valuable Player at Calvin’s Tip-Off Tournament. In the first game, he had 27 points and 11 rebounds, including a game-tying 3-pointer that sent the game to a second overtime, in a 92-88 double overtime win over Grace Bible. He then followed with 16 points and seven rebounds in the championship game, an 81-76 win over Willamette, Ore. Snikkers is being honored as MIAA Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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