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Former Calvin Standout Tom Snikkers Now a Pro in Europe - Checks in On Calvin-Hope Rivalry

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Recent Calvin College graduate Tom Snikkers is in the midst of an overseas adventure - playing professional basketball in The Netherlands. A three-time first team All-MIAA selection at Calvin, Snikkers is the latest in a long line of Calvin men’s basketball players who have gone overseas to play professional basketball. In fact, Snikkers is the second member of his family to play professionally as his older sister - a former Division III All-American at Hope College - also played professionally in Europe. Speaking of Calvin and Hope - Tom Snikkers will have a keen eye on following the Calvin-Hope men’s basketball game Wednesday night as he explains in an Mlive.com/Grand Rapids Press story released earlier on Tuesday at: Tom Snikkers Mlive.com Story

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Jordan Brink Named MIAA Co-Player of the Week in Men’s Basketball

Monday, February 03, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  Ė For the first time in his collegiate career, Calvin guard Jordan Brink has received MIAA Player of the Week honors in men’s basketball. Brink shares the award this week with Kalamazoo forward Adam Peters for games played through February 1. Brink, a junior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), averaged 21.5 points as the Knights won twice to move into sole possession of first place in the MIAA race. He scored 22 points in a 68-49 road win at Albion in a first-place showdown, then added 21 points and five assists in a 78-67 victory over Alma. Brink, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time this season and second time in his career, shot 48 percent from the field (12 of 25), 56 percent from 3-point range (5 of 9) and 93 percent from the line (14 of 15) for the week.

 

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Calvin Uses Kruis Control to Defeat Alma - Remains in First Place in MIAA Standings

Saturday, February 01, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin men’s basketball team hosted the Scots of Alma on Saturday afternoon, looking to extend its win streak to six games. The Knights came into the game at 14-4 overall and 6-1 in conference while Alma was 3-14 and 2-4 in the MIAA. After trailing by two at halftime, Calvin outscored the Scots by 13 in the second half to claim a 78-67 win, the 350th win at Calvin for head coach Kevin Vande Streek. Junior Jordan Brink led Calvin with 21 points while senior Tyler Kruis added 18 and six rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Daley tied a career-high with 17 points. The 18 points by Kruis moves him into 21st on the Calvin career scoring list with 1011 points. Calvin improves to 15-4 and holds on to first place in the MIAA with a 7-1 conference record. Alma drops to 3-15 and 2-5 in league-play. The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they travel to Holland and the DeVos Fieldhouse for the second rivalry matchup of the season against Hope College. Wednesday’s game against the Flying Dutchmen is scheduled to tipoff at 8 p.

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Documentary on Calvin-Hope Men’s Basketball Rivalry Set to Air on Feb. 2 at Noon

Friday, January 31, 2014

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The Calvin/Hope menís basketball rivalry will be the subject of a documentary produced by Calvin alumn Ryan Terpstra. The documentary is scheduled to air on February 2 on WOOD-TV 8 in West Michigan at noon (EST). It will also re-air on cable outlets throughout the state of Michigan after the initial February 2 launch.

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Second Half Surge Leads Calvin Men’s Hoops to 68-49 Win at Albion

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Kresge Gymnasium on the campus of Albion College was the setting for a first-place battle in MIAA men’s basketball on Wednesday evening. The Knights and Britons entered the contest both at 5-1 in the conference, with Calvin coming in at 13-4 overall and Albion at 11-6 overall. After leading by just four at halftime, the Knights expanded their lead to as much as 21 in the second half en route to a 68-49 victory. With the win, Calvin improves to 6-1 in the MIAA and 14-4 overall while Albion drops to 5-2 in the league and 11-7 overall. The Knights are now alone atop the MIAA, with Hope second at 5-1. The Flying Dutchmen, after having a game postponed, will make up a game next week Monday before playing the Knights on Wednesday. Calvin now looks forward to Saturday when it will host the Scots of Alma, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m.

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Men’s Basketball Weathers the Storm To Claim 95-53 Victory at Olivet

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

OLIVET - The Calvin men’s basketball team weathered the winter storm and traveled to Olivet on Saturday afternoon to face the Comets in a MIAA contest. After a low-scoring first half, the Knights exploded in the second, shooting better than 60% and scoring 59 points, to claim a 95-53 victory. Senior Mickey DeVries led all scorers with 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Senior Tyler Kruis added 15 and six rebounds while junior Jordan Brink scored 13. Calvin improves to 13-4 and 5-1 in the MIAA with the win, tied with Albion for first place after the Britons defeated Trine 68-65. Hope will have a chance to keep pace on Monday night after its Saturday matchup with Kalamazoo was postponed. Olivet falls to 3-13 and 1-4 in conference with the loss. The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they will face the Britons in a first-place game at Albion. Wednesday night’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will follow a Calvin-Albion matchup in women’s basketball to be played at 6 p.m.

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Men’s Basketball Retains Share of MIAA Lead With 71-49 Win Over Trine

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Thunder of Trine University on Wednesday evening, looking to stay in a tie for first place in the MIAA with a win. In the end, Calvin ran away with the win in the second half, defeating Trine 71-49 as the Knights held pace atop the MIAA, moving to 4-1 in conference play. Calvin is locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with Albion and Hope. Senior Tyler Kruis led the Knights with 17 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the field, while adding six rebounds. Junior Tyler Dykstra tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 boards, also adding six blocks. Junior Jordan Brink also had 12 points. Dykstra’s points and rebounds set new career highs while his block total tied a career best. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they travel to Olivet for an afternoon contest, scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m.

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Tyler Kruis Named MIAA Player of the Week in Men’s Basketball For Second Time

Monday, January 20, 2014

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  Ė The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Tyler Kruis its Player of the Week in menís basketball for games played through January 18. Kruis, a senior from Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS), averaged 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots in leading the Knights to a pair of MIAA victories. He scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of action in a 78-54 victory over Adrian, then scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting from the field, and collected seven boards in a 90-72 win over Kalamazoo. Kruis, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career, shot 74 percent from the field (20 of 27) for the week. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Trine at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena in a showdown for first place in the MIAA standings. Both teams are locked in a four-way tie along with Albion and Hope with 3-1 conference records.

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Men’s Basketball Picks Up 90-72 Road Win at Kalamazoo

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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By Mark DeHaan

The Knights traveled to Kalamazoo and the Anderson Athletic Center to face the Hornets of Kalamazoo College in a Saturday afternoon conference contest and came away with a 90-72 win. Calvin entered the game 10-4 overall, 2-1 in conference and in a four-way tie atop the MIAA. The Hornets, at 6-8 and 1-2 in the league, had the highest scoring offense in the conference at 80.3 points-per-game coming into Saturday. Holding the Hornets top scorer in check while shooting 62.5% from the field, the Knights earned a hard-fought victory on the road. Senior center Tyler Kruis had a season-high 27 points while junior guard Jordan Brink had 22. Calvin will host Trine University next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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Calvin-Hope Men’s Basketball Rivalry to Be Subject of Documentary February 2

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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The Calvin/Hope men’s basketball rivalry will be the subject of a documentary produced by Calvin alumn Ryan Terpstra. The documentary is scheduled to air on February 2 on WOOD-TV 8 in West Michigan at noon. It will also re-air on cable outlets throughout the state of Michigan after the initial February 2 launch.

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