Men’s Basketball Defeats Trine 72-65 In First Round MIAA Tournament Game - To Face Albion in Semis
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA tournament play with a 72-65 victory over Trine on Wednesday night.
The Knights fell down 7-0 to start the game, but sophomore Tom Snikkers rattled off six consecutive points to cut the deficit to one. Trine, however, would open up an 11 point lead on multiple first half occasions, once of a three from the Thunder’s most dangerous offensive threat, Ian Jackson. The three gave the Thunder an 11 point lead with five minutes to play in the opening half.
From there, Calvin would storm back as senior Trent Salo and junior Brian Haverdink combined to down three triples, and Calvin established a five point lead at the half as the Knights outscored the Thunder 16-0 over the final five minutes.
“We were strong in the last four or five minutes from a mentality standpoint,” said Coach Kevin Vande Streek, who described the change in mentality as a shift “from being passive to being the aggressor.”
Calvin controlled the lead throughout the second half, but the Thunder repeatedly crawled back to bring themselves within five.
Trine even cut the lead to four after two straight three-pointers from Noah Veach and Randall Harris. Snikkers was able to answer for the Knights however, connecting on a baseline jumper. From there, the Knights went 9-10 from the free-throw line to seal the victory.
Snikkers led the Knights with 18 points. Senior Danny Rodts added 13 points and led the Knights 9 rebounds. Freshman Jordan Brink chipped in 15 points and Haverdink notched nine points.Scott Rogers led Trine with 17 points.
Calvin will face Albion at 6 p.m. in Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse in a semifinal game with host Hope taking on Adrian at 8:15 p.m. in the second semifinal.