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Calvin Uses OT Heroics to Defeat Grace Bible at Calvin Tipoff Tournament

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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(Story By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Paul Evans)

Photo by Paul EvansGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In their home opener and the first round of the Tip-Off Tournament, the Knights sealed a 92-88 double overtime victory over Grace Bible College on Friday night. 

Grace owned a small lead early in the first half but Calvin went on top 32-30 at the buzzer off a fallaway jumper from the baseline.  The Knights shot 32.4% in the first half to Grace’s 29.0%. 
The second half introduced some hotter shooting to the game.  Ryan Dame opened the half with a three ball.  Moments later, sophomore Mitch Vallie knocked down a three to regain a 40-39 lead for the Knights.  Grace’s Greg Salmon hit a three from the baseline to tie the game at 42 less than four minutes into the second half. 

Calvin opened up a six point lead midway through the half, but Grace responded with a five point lead with four minutes to play.  The Knights chipped away before time expired; Tom Snikkers turned around his man in the paint and converted a lay-in to cut the lead to three.  With forty seconds remaining in regulation, Brian Haverdink found Vallie open on the wing.  Vallie stepped up to drain a three and give the Knights a one point advantage.  Grace senior Ryan Krombeen earned a trip to the line to level the score at 71.  The score would stand that way entering the first overtime period.

The Tigers opened overtime strong by taking a five point lead with less than a minute to play.  Off a dribble drive, Krombeen lobbed an alley-oop to Dame, who finished his baseline cut with a two-handed reverse dunk.  Grace led 81-76 with 58 seconds to play.  But Calvin’s Tom Snikkers took over from there.  Snikkers drained a three from the top of the key to cut Grace’s lead to two.  Krombeen drew another trip to the line and made one off his two free throws.  Down to his last possession, Calvin’s coach Kevin Vande Streek called a timeout with 14 seconds remaining.  Out of the timeout, Snikkers got the ball on the wing and, with four seconds remaining, uncorked a three to tie the game at 82, forcing a second overtime period.

In the second overtime, it was Calvin’s turn to take the early lead.  With a one point lead, Snikkers kicked the ball out to Bryan Powell, whose three pointer gave the Knights a four point advantage.  Calvin would hold the lead from there thanks to some crucial defensive stops.  The Knights would escape with a gritty 92-88 victory.

“I’m really proud of our toughness, mentally and physically,” said Vande Streek of the performance.

The Knights closed the game shooting 37.5% from the field to Grace’s 42.6%.  Calvin outrebounded the Tigers 56 to 42.  Snikkers led the way for the Knights in scoring with 27 points and 11 rebounds.  Vallie and DeVries also tallied double digit scoring performances with 15 and 13 points, respectively.  Dame had 21 points and seven boards for the Tigers.

The Knights square off against Willamette in the Tip-Off Tourney championship game tomorrow at 3:00.

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