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Men’s Basketball Defeats Adrian to Set Up Saturday Showdown at Hope

Thursday, January 15, 2009

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ADRIAN—With a share of first place on the line in the MIAA standings, Calvin rose to the occasion with an 87-56 victory over the host Adrian Bulldogs Wednesday night. The Calvin victory sets up a first place showdown on Saturday at Hope as the two storied rivals both head into the contest at 3-0 in league play, one game ahead of 2-1 Adrian.

Wednesday’s victory also stretched Calvin’s win streak to five games as the Knights improved to 8-5 overall.

Calvin jumped out to a quick start, taking a 9-3 lead four minutes into the contest. The lead later ballooned to 17 points with Calvin eventually settling for a 37-22 halftime lead. Calvin shot 44.4 percent in the first half while limiting Adrian to 36.0 percent field goal shooting.

Calvin upped the pace in the second half, shooting 61.5 percent from the floor with Adrian (5-8 overall) never getting closer than 14 points over the final 20 minutes of play.

“I could not have asked for more than what this team gave tonight,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek after the game. “I thought our defense and intensity was terrific and I also thought we did an excellent job at hitting the glass.”

Calvin outrebounded Adrian 43-25 with junior center John Mantel (Chelsea HS) leading the way 13 boards to go with 12 points as he notched his third double-double of the season including the fourth of his career. Senior guard Dustin Smith (Hamilton HS) led the Knights in scoring with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Smith and Mantel were part of a group of five Calvin players that reached double digits in scoring as senior Caleb Veldhouse (Sioux Falls, SD) and junior Matt Veltema (Calvin Christian HS) had 12 points apiece while senior Tim Katt (Brookfield, WI) had 10 points.

Calvin’s bench played a key role in the win, outscoring Adrian’s bench 33-14.

Senior Mike Zwier (Tri-unity Christian HS) added six and points and three assists with sophomore Danny Rodts (Niles HS) also chipping in with six points and a pair of steals. Rodts drew the defensive assignment of guarding Adrian standout Desmond Young. Young finished with a game-high 26 points but scored just two in the first half.

“Mike Zwier brings a great deal of intensity to our team on defense and in the rebounding department,” said Vande Streek. “I also thought Danny Rodts did a great job on defense against Desmond Young. Mike and Danny are doing a lot of the little things right now that are making our team click.”

Calvin will now prepare for the 170th meeting against rival Hope on Saturday at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse with the opening tip set for 3:00 p.m. Hope leads the all-time series 86-83 and has won the last four meetings against the Knights including all three meetings a year ago.

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