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Men’s Basketball Defeats Carthage 72-69 in MIAA/CCIW Classic

Friday, December 04, 2009

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HOLLAND- Following a disappointing 79-76 home loss to Hope last weekend, the Knights traveled to Holland to play in Hope’s Devos Fieldhouse on the first day of the MIAA/CCIW challenge.  Devos Fieldhouse has treated the Knights well in the past and Friday was no exception as the Knights defeated 17th ranked Carthage 72-69. The Knights picked up the victory improving their record to 9-4 overall and 6-0 against neutral site opponents at Devos.

Calvin (2-3) came out firing against Carthage (5-2) while shooting 51.7% from the field and 50%(5-10) from beyond the arc in the first half jumping out to a 40-32 halftime lead.
Carthage answered with a 29-12 run in thirteen minutes to begin the second half taking a 61-52 lead with 7:29 to play.  Calvin Senior John Mantel (Chelsea, MI, Chelsea HS) responded scoring seven of Calvin’s next nine points cutting the deficit to one with 5:13 to play before getting the game tied at 66-66 with 3:10 remaining.

Carthage responded with a 3-pointer of their own by Cody Hilton but that would prove to be the only points Calvin allowed in the last 5:00 of play.  Mantel put in a lay-up with 40 seconds to go trimming the deficit to one.  After a missed Carthage free throw, Mantel drew the foul before knocking down two more free throws. Following a missed jumper by Carthage, Calvin’s Matt Veltema then secured the victory with two more free throws with one second remaining.

John Mantel led all scorers with 24 points (three shy of his career high) and 9 rebounds.  Fellow senior Matt Veltema chipped in with 12 points, 10 of which came in the 1st half. Junior Brent Schuster finished with a career-high 9 points while freshman Tom Snikkers had 8 points for the Knights.

Coach Kevin Vande Streek was pleased with the effort that the Knights showed.

“The first half we played as well as we could play, the second half we played hard all the time we just couldn’t make shots for awhile.  But I thought we maintained our poise and gradually wore them down.”

Both Vande Streek and Mantel pointed out how good of a team Carthage is despite being young. “This win really motivates you and rewards you for the practice time and gives you confidence going forward,” said Vande Streek.

Calvin now improves to 4-2 all-time against Carthage with all of the meetings coming in the MIAA/CCIW Challenge that began in 2004.

In the second game of the evening Hope defeated Wheaton 77-52. The Knights will return to action against Wheaton on Saturday afternoon with a scheduled start time of 1:00pm.

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