Men’s Basketball Defeated by Aquinas 69-63 at Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Tournament
Sunday, November 27, 2011
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Calvin dropped the second game of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic to Aquinas College by a final score of 69-63.
The Knights (3-3) opened the game with 8 straight points by sophomore Mickey DeVries and junior Matt DeBoer. DeBoer did not stop there, putting up a total of 13 points in the first half. However, Brett Pfahler had the answer for Aquinas (3-6). His 17 first half points kept his team in the game.
The lead went back and forth between the two teams for most of the game. A David Rietema layup with 4:28 left in the game put the Knights ahead 58-57. Moments later Tom Snikkers extended the lead to 60-57 with a driving layup. The Saints responded with back to back three point plays by Cole Moore and Zach Eddy. Calvin never put together an answer for Aquinas’ pivotal scoring stretch.
Calvin was led in defeat by Matt DeBoer’s 18 points on 8-14 shooting. Junior Tom Snikkers was the other Calvin player in double figures. His 11 second half points, 13 total, could not propel the Knights to victory. Sophomore Tyler Kruis had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Knights. For Aquinas, Brett Pfahler ended up with a game-high 21 points. Cole Moore’s 12 points in the post complemented Pfahler’s performance nicely.
For his efforts in the tournament, DeBoer was named to the all-tournament team.
The Knights look to respond next weekend as they host the CCIW/MIAA Challenge at VanNoord Arena. Calvin takes on Carthage College at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and Wheaton College Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. (EST).