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Mantel and Veltema Named to All-MIAA First Team

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

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All-MIAA Men's Basketball Teams

The All-MIAA menís basketball teams have been announced and Calvin seniors John Mantel and Matt Veltema have both been selected to the All-MIAA first team. Mantel is making his second straight appearance on the All-MIAA first team while Veltema is making his first appearance.

Mantel is from Chelsea and is a graduate of Chelsea High School. In conference play this year, Mantel finished ninth in the MIAA in scoring (13.1 ppg), third in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and ninth in blocked shots per game (1.07). He was named MIAA Player of the Week once.

During the year, Mantel became the 19th player in Calvin menís basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. He finished his career last weekend ranked 12th on the Calvin career scoring list with 1,263 points. In his final collegiate game last Saturday night against Hope, Mantel scored a career-high 29 points.

Veltema is from Grandville and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School.

Veltema ranked as not only one of the MIAAís top three-point and free throw shooters, but also one of the finest in the NCAA this year. In conference play, Veltema led the MIAA in three-point field goal shooting (.479) and in free throw shooting (.938). In overall games, Veltema is currently ranked second nationally in free throw percentage and fourth in three-point field goal percentage.

Veltema finished the season with a 92.0 percent free throw clip, matching the Calvin single-season record originally set by Greg Broene during the 1973-74 season. In overall games this year, Veltema was 80 of 87 from the free throw line and during one stretch, connected on 35 consecutive free throws in MIAA play.

This past weekend, Veltema became the 20th player in Calvin menís basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Veltema finished his career with 1,019 points, ranking 18th on the Calvin career scoring list.

Calvin concluded its 2009-10 season with an overall record of 19-9 which included its second consecutive outright MIAA regular season title with a 12-2 conference mark.

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