Friday, December 06, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s basketball team hosted a basketball tournament for the third straight weekend at Van Noord Arena, playing Carthage College in the second game of the MIAA-CCIW Challenge. Using a strong second half effort, Carthage defeated Calvin 74-68. In the first matchup of the night, Wheaton defeated Hope 80-61. Calvin, now 5-2, faces Wheaton tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in the final contest of the Challenge. The Thunder come in with a record of 5-2 but are ranked #13 in the latest top 25 poll. In the first matchup of the afternoon, Hope plays Carthage at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s basketball faced off against the Saints of Aquinas College in the fourth and final contest of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday evening. The Knights were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the year, an 85-66 loss against the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone on Friday night. Calvin did just that, defeating Aquinas 77-55 to improve to 5-1 on the year. Junior guard Jordan Brink led the Knights offensively with 18 points, while senior Mickey DeVries added 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior Tyler Kruis had 12 points. Brink was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.
Men’s Basketball Suffers First Loss of Season in 85-66 Defeat to Cornerstone in Hall of Fame Tourney
Saturday, November 30, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin men’s basketball returned to work on Friday evening after a short Thanksgiving break, hosting the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic at Van Noord Arena this weekend. The Knights faced off against the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University, playing in the second matchup of the evening as Hope College took a come-from-behind win from Aquinas College, 69-67, in the tournament opener. Friday night’s game was the 24th meeting between the Knights and Golden Eagles, with Calvin holding a 16-7 series advantage. Cornerstone added a win to its end of the series by the time the clock read all zeroes, handing Calvin its first loss of the season 85-66. Sophomore B.J. Van Loo led the Knights with 16 points and seven rebounds while junior Jordan Brink had 14 points. Calvin is back in action on Saturday, facing Aquinas at 8 p.m. with Hope facing Cornerstone in the 6 p.m. contest.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
MANCHESTER, IN - The 11th-ranked Calvin men’s basketball team rolled to a 78-50 victory at Manchester University Tuesday night to improve to 4-0 on the young season. After trailing 20-18 early, Calvin put on a 21-8 scoring run to grab a 39-28 halftime advantage. Calvin then held Manchester to 22 second half points while continuing to shoot at a 50 percent clip to put the game away. Junior guard Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led Calvin with 17 points including four three-pointers. Brink connected on three consecutive triples midway through the second half that allowed the Knights to build a 17-point lead. Brink was part of a solid back-court combo as sophomore guard Jordan Daley (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Inside, Calvin featured the combo of senior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) and junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) as Kruis had 11 points and two blocks while Dykstra had 13 points and four boards. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) was also stellar with eight points and eight rebounds. Calvin will now prepare to host the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament Friday and Saturday at Van Noord Arena. Friday games will see Hope facing Aquinas at 6 p.m. and Calvin facing Cornerstone at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Hope will meet Cornerstone at 6 p.m. and Calvin will face Aquinas at 8 p.m. Tickets for each day are $10.00 and will be available at the door each night.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Calvin men’s basketball team claimed the title of the 13th annual Calvin Tip-off Tournament, defeating the College of Faith 97-81. Junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led the Knights with 17 points while senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) had 15 points and eight rebounds. Senior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) and junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) were also both in double figures at 15 points and 10 points, respectively. Calvin shot 54.1% from the field, including 9-of-20 from behind the arc. The Knights also hit 22-of-25 free throws. Both DeVries and Brink were named to the all-tournament team while DeVries was named tournament MVP. Calvin will travel to Manchester on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. game.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Calvin improved to 2-0 on the year with a 105-86 victory over Kuyper College in the first round of the Calvin Tip-off Tournament Friday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin will face the College of Faith (3-2) in the championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m. College of Faith defeated Grace Bible College 86-81 in Friday’s opening first round game. Five Calvin players notched double-digits in scoring led by senior Mickey DeVries with 23 points. Sophomore Jordan Daley had a career-high 17 points to go with a career-high six assists while junior Jordan Brink had 15 points and senior Tyler Kruis 14 points. Sophomore Austin Parks also chipped in with a career-high 13 points including three field goals from beyond the three-point arc.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s basketball team got off to a strong, balanced start in its season opener on Tuesday evening. Traveling down to Anderson University, the Knights claimed a 72-58 victory at the Ravens’ O.C. Lewis Gymnasium by leading from start to finish. The Knights claimed a 40-21 rebounding advantage by the end of the game. Junior Jordan Brink led the Calvin offense with 14 points while senior Tyler Kruis added 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior Mickey DeVries added a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Junior T.J. Huizenga contributed eight points and three steals off the bench.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
Calvin College was treated to its first basketball game of the season on Thursday evening as the Calvin men’s basketball team hosted Division II Ferris State for an exhibition game. After a strong first half and a two-point lead at half time, Calvin came out flat in the second half and was outscored by the Bulldogs 43-26 in the second period, dropping the exhibition contest 85-70. Calvin was led on offense by Mickey DeVries and Tyler Kruis who each scored 14 points. Kruis added eight rebounds. Jordan Brink tallied 10 points.
Friday, November 01, 2013
The 2012-13 season proved to be a landmark year for the Calvin men’s basketball team. The Knights hit the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006, captured the MIAA Tournament title and reached the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2007 and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2005, eventually finishing with an overall record of 26-4. What can the Knights do for an encore? With a solid group of returning players, the Knights should field a strong squad for the upcoming season but will also have to find a way to replace four graduated seniors including a pair of 1,000 point scorers in combo guard Bryan Powell and wing forward Tom Snikkers. Calvin will have an ample supply of frontcourt depth but finding ways to fill holes in the backcourt will be key. Along with Powell, the Knights must also replace starting point guard David Rietema who has graduated. Powell was a first team All-MIAA selection last year despite coming off the bench while Rietema was a stellar defender and ball-handler.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The MIAA preseason men’s basketball coaches’ poll has been released and rivals Calvin and Hope have been picked to finish first and second respectively. Defending MIAA champion Calvin received six of a possible seven first place votes while Hope received two first place votes. Adrian was picked to finish third followed by Trine in fourth. A year ago, Calvin finished 26-4 overall and on top of the MIAA standings with a 13-1 conference mark. Calvin returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team. Combined, Calvin or Hope have won at least a share of 54 of the last 58 MIAA men’s basketball titles.The two rivals are scheduled to meet on January 11 at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena and on February 5 at Hope.
MIAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON COACHES’ POLL FOR 10-30-13
1. Calvin 8 (6)
2. Hope 12 (2)
3. Adrian 21
4. Trine -26
Total points (First place votes)