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Calvin Men’s Basketball Team Falls 81-65 at Rival Hope Despite Blistering First Half Performance

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

HOLLAND, MICH - The Knights played 28 minutes of stellar basketball in Wednesday’s installment of the Rivalry with Hope College, played at their DeVos Fieldhouse.  Unfortunately, the final 12 minutes resulted in an 81-65 defeat at the hands of the Flying Dutchmen. 

After the game, Calvin Coach Kevin Vande Streek said he knew his team would have to play 40 minutes of their best basketball to knock off their 7th ranked archrival, who now boast a 15-1 overall record and an undefeated 5-0 conference mark.  Calvin entered the game 7-8 overall and 2-2 in conference.

The Knights opened the game on a shooting spree.  Matt DeBoer got things rolling as he squared up to knock down the game’s first triple and give Calvin an early 5-0 advantage.  Soonafter, Tommy Snikkers, who led the Knights with 17 points, drained a three-ball in transition to put Calvin on top 14-4.  And Brian Haverdink, drilled a three to surpass the Knight’s three-point total from Saturday in the game’s opening minutes. 

The offensive highlights were bolstered by a stifling defensive effort.  The Knights held the potent Dutchmen offense to four points the game’s first five minutes.  Immediately following Haverdink’s three, Tyler Kruis contributed a block of Dutchmen Center Nate VanArendonk.

But Hope would respond quickly.  David Krombeen countered with consecutive three’s and the Dutchmen cut the lead to 23-22 before Vande Streek had to call a timeout. 

Still, Calvin had an answer, Kruis and Tyler Dykstra knocked down baseline jumpers from the identical spot and Snikkers turned in the lane to convert on a baby hook to once again extend Calvin’s lead to double digits.  The Knights went into halftime leading by eight.

Hope opened the second half with a string of old-fashioned three-point plays, and, four minutes into the half, the Dutchmen were down only three.  A few possessions later, Krombeen got free under the basket and made a lay-up to tie the game and excite the home crowd.  Calvin sophomore Jordan Mast then hit a three in the face of a Hope momentum swing to momentarily quell the Dutchmen attack, as well as their crowd. 

But Hope’s Nate Snuggerud and Peter Bunn, who both had quiet first halves, combined for 21 points in the second, causing Hope to pull away.  After being tied at 57 with 12 minutes remaining, Hope went on an electric 24-8 run to seal the game at 81-65. 

“We seemed to fragment a little bit,” said Vande Streek after the game, citing the necessity of mistake-free play against the rival.  “Hope is so good that when you make a mistake, they’re going to make you pay for it.”

Snikkers, who led the Knights with 17 points and six rebounds, said “We need to play better defense” and called the game inspiration that “motivates us to work harder.”

DeBoer and Kruis each had thirteen points.  Krombeen led all scorers with 21 points. 

Calvin hosts Trine University on Saturday. 

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