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Men’s Basketball Defeated at Trine 73-54 - Faces Must-Win at Olivet To Remain in MIAA Tourney Hunt

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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By Andrew Knot

The Knights dropped a 73-54 loss to Trine on Wednesday, setting up a must-win game with Olivet on Saturday.

The Thunder jumped out to a 6-0 lead off five points from their leading scorer Ian Jackson. Calvin’s answered with consecutive buckets in the paint. Both Tom Snikkers and Tyler Dykstra found space beneath the basket to get the Knights on the board in the early going. The eventual equalizer came in the form of a Brian Haverdink three ball from the top of the key.

From there, Calvin would jump out to an 18-12 lead.  After receiving the ball on the perimeter, Snikkers put the ball on the floor and converted on a right-handed lay-up despite a foul. Snikkers would complete the old-fashioned three-point play to put Calvin on top by six.

But Trine came back with an offensive flurry. The Thunder repeatedly turned to high ball screens for Jackson, who was very effective in getting to the lane. At the hands of Jackson’s dribble penetration, the Thunder regained the lead at 23-22.

Snikkers followed that up with a lay-up and, on the next possession, Tyler Dykstra drilled a three from the baseline to put the Knights on top by four. Calvin would hold on to a 30-28 lead at halftime.

Out of the locker room, Trine took the lead after Ian Jackson and Chris Kent got to the lane. Kent converted both of his free throws to give the Thunder a 36-34 lead and the Thunder wouldn’t look back from there. After both Snikkers and Matt DeBoer found themselves in foul trouble, the Thunder extended their lead to 15 with eight minutes to go.

Jackson and Kent continued to slice the Knight defense, and an alley-oop lay-in from Kent to Scott Rogers, who got the basket and a foul, highlighted the Thunder run. Later in the half, Trine would extend its lead above 20, and after time expired, the score stood at 73-54 in favor of the Thunder.

“Trine played really well and deserves all the credit,” said Calvin Coach Kevin Vande Streek after the game. Vande Streek also credited the Thunder’s screen-heavy offense.”

Statistically, Snikkers led the Knights with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Haverdink joined him in double figures with 10 points.

The loss drops the Knights to .500 overall and 7-6 in conference. Calvin will travel to Olivet on Saturday for a game that will decide its conference tournament fate.

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