Mantel Scores Seven Points, Grabs Five Boards in NABC Division III All-Star Game in Salem, Virginia
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Photo by Ryan Tipps of d3sports.com
Calvin College senior John Mantel suited up in a Calvin men’s basketball uniform one final time Saturday morning in Salem, Virginia. Mantel was a member of the West Division division in the first-ever NABC Division III All-Star game. The game was played prior to the NCAA III Men’s Basketball Championship game in Salem on Saturday. The East Team edged the West Team 109-107 in overtime. Mantel finished the game with seven points and five rebounds. He was also credited with two steals. In 20 minutes of action, Mantel was 3 for 8 from field and 1 of 2 from three-point range. The Chelsea native started for the East team at the beginning of regulation and in overtime.
“It was a ton of fun,” said Mantel late Saturday evening. “I’m really glad I had the opportunity to play. It was awesome to play in a great with a bunch of great players and have a chance to get to know them a little bit.”
Mantel flew into Salem Thursday night and was present to watch both semifinal games Friday night and the championship game Saturday afternoon won by Wisconsin-Steven Point 78-73 over Williams (MA). “Watching the games was a lot of fun,” said Mantel. “It was a great championship game this afternoon. Stevens Point played great defense and the semifinal game last night between Williams and Guilford (NC) was one of the best games I have ever seen in person.”