Men’s Basketball Claims 83-57 Win Over Albion on Senior Day
Saturday, February 22, 2014
By Mark DeHaan
The Knights hosted the Britons of Albion in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. Both teams entered with their spots secured in the MIAA Tournament, and with Calvin earning the second seed, and Albion the third seed, the teams are set to meet this upcoming Wednesday night as well.
The Knights honored their three seniors, Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS), Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS), and Jordan Mast (Holland/Holland Christian HS) before the game.
With a strong first half, Calvin jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back, leading from start-to-finish as the Knights routed the Britons 83-57.
Calvin played strong defense to open the game, holding a 12-2 advantage with 15:14 left in the first, forcing Albion into a timeout.
The Knights continued to harass the Britons shooters, and it wasn’t until 9:34 remaining in the first that Albion hit double-digits, with Calvin holding a 23-10 lead.
At halftime, the Knights lead ballooned to 47-21 as the Britons were held to just 30% shooting, 1-of-9 from behind three-point range.
Kruis led all scorers at half with 12 points, while junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had 10. Calvin shot 60.7% in the first, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Out of the break, the Knights built their lead to 55-25 on an “and-1” by Dykstra.
A surge by Albion cut the Britons deficit to 65-46 with 9:43 left in the game, but Calvin responded with a 5-0 run and the Britons came no closer as the Knights claimed an 83-57 victory.
Calvin hit 50.9% of its field goals, 8-of-18 from long range, and also outrebounded Albion 40-28 in the win.
Kruis and Dykstra each scored 15 points to pace the Knights, setting a new career-high for Dykstra. Junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) added 13 points while freshman Brad Visser (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) had 10 off the bench.
Dakota Kazen, Travell Oakes, and Jordan Herron all scored 11 points for Albion while Eric Evans added 10.
“That was a really good game – just what the doctor ordered. We came out and played well, played really good defense and did a really nice job on the boards, I’m not sure we could play much better than we did in the first half. Overall, it was a pretty good 40 minutes for us,” said head coach Kevin Vande Streek. “I said to the guys that on Monday, not only does the MIAA Tournament start but the NCAA Tournament starts, because there won’t be any at-large bids for us. Every game now is a win-or-be-done scenario.”
With the win, Calvin improves to 20-5 overall and 12-2 in the MIAA, while Albion drops to 14-11 overall and 8-6 in conference. It is the second season in a row that the Knights have hit the 20-win plateau, and the 17th time in program history.
With his 15 points on Saturday, Kruis also moved past Kim Campbell and Jim Timmer into 16th place on the Calvin career scoring list.
The Knights now look forward to Wednesday when they will again host the Britons at Van Noord Arena as they face-off in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. Wednesday night’s contest is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.