Thursday, January 31, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo Credit: Bobby Lee
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Calvin College men’s basketball team remained undefeated in MIAA play Wednesay night with an 83-63 win over the Britons of Albion College. The Knights improve to 18-2, 9-0 MIAA on the season.Powell finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-10 shooting. Brink scored 14. Kruis had 12 points and eight rebounds. Albion was led by senior point guard Anthony Wash (Redford/Redford Union), who scored 16 points. As a team, the Knights dished out 18 assists while committing just eight turnovers. Calvin won the rebounding battle 27-22. Calvin will return to action Saturday when it hosts the Hornets of Kalamazoo College.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor/Photo By Sandy Palmatter
OLIVET, MI – The #17 ranked Calvin men’s basketball team traveled to the Cutler Athletic Complex Wed., Jan. 23 for a showdown with the Comets of Olivet College. Despite losing two of the previous three games to the Comets at Olivet, the Knights defeated the Comets 73-57 to improve to 16-2, 7-0 MIAA on the season. Snikkers led Calvin with 21 points and nine rebounds, falling one rebound short of a double-double. Powell, Tyler Kruis (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and Dykstra all scored in double figures, finishing with 15, 13 and 12 points respectively. Krum led the Comets in defeat with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Olivet did shoot the three point shot well. The Comets were 10-25 in the game, good for 40 percent. Calvin shot 43.3 percent from the field, but dominated on the boards. Calvin outrebounded the Comets 45-25, 17 of which were offensive. Over the last seven seasons, Calvin is now 155-35 (.756) when it outrebounds its opponents. Calvin will travel to Merrilat Gymnasium on Sat., Jan. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Adrian Bulldogs. Calvin defeated then #7 Adrian 56-50 at the Van Noord Arena back on Jan. 3.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo courtesy of Sandy Palmatter
ANGOLA, IN – The Calvin men’s basketball team faced off against the Trine Thunder looking to avenge a 73-54 loss last season. After a slow start, the Knights came back and defeated Trine 56-43 to improve to 15-2, 6-0 MIAA on the season. Powell and Kruis each tallied 16 points. Powell hit four of eight three-point attempts, and Kruis was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Rogers led the way for the Thunder in defeat with 14 points. Calvin shot just 32.1 percent from the field in the game, but hit 16 of 19 free throws. The Knights held the rebound advantage 49-25. Calvin will travel to Olivet on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to face the Comets with a two-game lead in the MIAA.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo courtesy of Reid Petro
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Calvin men’s basketball team had not beaten rival Hope in five games. The last time the Knights defeated the Flying Dutchmen at the Van Noord Arena was a 79-76 win during the 2009-10 season. All streaks eventually come to an end. In front of 4,503 fans, Calvin defeated Hope 75-49 to improve to 14-2, 5-0 MIAA on the season. Brink led the way for Calvin with 16 points. Snikkers and Powell chipped in 13 apiece. Calvin shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, 49.2, and exactly 50 percent from three-point range (10-20). De Vries came off the bench to give Calvin six points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes. The win for Calvin was its biggest margin of victory against Hope since a 95-68 win in March of 1990. Calvin will travel to Trine University on Saturday, Jan. 19, to face the Thunder in a 3:00 p.m. contest.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo by Sandy Palmatter
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team faced off against rival Hope Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Van Noord Arena. In front of 2,973 fans, Calvin defeated fifth-ranked Hope 64-59 to improve to 13-1, 7-0 MIAA on the season. Carissa Verkaik and Engelhard led the Knights scoring 17 and 16 points respectively. Hilbrands chipped in 11, and senior Logan Marsh (Byron Center/Byron Center HS) chipped in eight points and three steals. Kussmaul and Kelley led Hope with 16 and 13 points respectively in defeat. Calvin shot and even 50 percent from the field, but turned the ball over 28 times and shot just 62.1 percent from the free throw line. Calvin returns to action Jan. 16, when it travels to Adrian for a 6:00 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Looking for its eighth straight win, the Calvin College men’s basketball team hosted the Alma College Scots on Saturday, Jan. 12. Calvin defeated Alma 86-63 to improve to 13-2 (4-0 MIAA) on the season. Junior center Tyler Kruis (Grandville/Calvin Christian) led Calvin scoring 21 points and grabbing four rebounds. Senior Tom Snikkers (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) came up one point short of three consecutive 20-point performances. Snikkers finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. Calvin outrebounded Alma 39-28 in the contest, and had 22 assists compared to just 10 turnovers. Calvin returns to action Wed. January 16, when the Knights host rival Hope College at the Van Noord Arena. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Calvin men’s basketball team made the hour-long trip down US-131 to Kalamazoo College Wednesday night for an MIAA matchup with the Hornets. The Knights, who were up 11 at halftime, held the host Hornets to just 18 second half points, and left Anderson Athletic Center with a 79-53 victory. Snikkers turned in his second consecutive 20-point performance, finishing with 22. Four other Knights finished in double figures. Calvin outrebounded Kalamazoo 46-32 in the contest. The Knights shot 45.5 percent from the floor, but just 31.6 (2-9) from three point range. The Knights also had seven blocks, and forced 17 Hornets turnovers. Calvin will host the Scots of Alma on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Calvin forward Tom Snikkers has been named the MIAA’s Co-Player of the Week in men’s basketball. Snikkers shares the award this week with Ian Jackson of Trine University. A senior from Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), Snikkers averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Knights opened MIAA play with a pair of victories. He had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 56-50 victory over previously unbeaten Adrian, then scored 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds in a 66-63 road win at Albion. Snikkers, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time this season and second time in his career, shot 58 percent from the field (14 of 24) and 70 percent from the line (7 of 10) for the week. Calvin returns to action this week when it travels to Kalamazoo for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The Calvin College men’s basketball team hosted #7 Adrian College in the MIAA conference opener for both teams. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 56-50 in a defensive battle at Van Noord Arena. Powell and Kruis led the way for Calvin with 14 points. Snikkers scored 12 points and hauled in eight rebounds. Lewis led the way for Adrian in defeat with 17 points. Calvin out-rebounded Adrian 39-31 in the contest. The Knights shot 87 percent from the charity strip (13-15). Adrian (11-1) will travel to DeVos Fieldhouse to face Hope on Saturday, Jan. 5. Calvin (10-2) will travel to Kresge Gymnasium to face the Britons of Albion College.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ELMHURST, ILL. – The Calvin men’s basketball team captured the Elmhurst Bluejay Classic championship with a 87-62 win over Ripon College, Wis. late Saturday afternoon. Senior Tom Snikkers (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) and sophomore Jordan Brink (Dyer, Ind./Illiana Christian) were named to the all-tournament team. Brink and Snikkers led Calvin scoring 27 and 21 points respectively. Senior Matt De Boer (Hudsonville/Covenant Christian) scored 12 points in 15 minutes. Calvin shot a season-high 63.2 percent from beyond the arc in the contest. The Knights’ defense held Ripon to a mere 29.7 percent shooting from the field. Ripon senior forward Taylor Koth (Cedarburg, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) led the Red Hawks with 18 points in defeat. Calvin finishes the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 9-2 record. The Knights open up MIAA play with a game against the undefeated and nationally ranked Adrian Bulldogs on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
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