Men’s Basketball Drops Contest to Grace Bible in Closing Seconds at Calvin Tip-Off Tournament
Saturday, November 20, 2010
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
In their home-opener at the Van Noord Arena, the Knights fell to the Grace Bible College Tigers 64-63 in heartbreaking fashion. Ryan Krombeen’s got position in the paint, rolled a game-winning shot around the rim, and gave the Tigers a late lead with under ten seconds remaining. Calvin quickly inbounded the ball to junior Brad Schnyders, who charged down the sideline but was unable to get a shot off.
The basket came after the Knights surrendered a nine point lead with just under five minutes remaining. A three-pointer from Matt Kurtz and a tip-dunk from Allen Durham helped to tie the game with a minute to play. On the Knights’ ensuing possession, Brent Schuster drew a foul in the paint to get to the free throw line. Schuster missed the first but made the second to give Calvin a 63-62 lead before Krombeen’s late three-footer swung the game for the Tigers.
“I think we got the lead and played very passively,” said Head Coach Kevin Vande Streek. The Knights also conceded a lead late in the first half and entered half-time trailing 34-28.
“Other than the loss, which is heartbreaking in a close game like this, I’m really pleased in the progress we made from Tuesday to today,” said Vande Streek, who added that he saw improvement in the offensive decision making and the overall defense play of his team.
Senior Danny Rodts led the Knights with 14 points, senior Brent Schuster and sophomore Tom Snikkers each contributed 13 points. Schuster also led the Knights in rebounds, with 11. The game experienced five ties and 11 lead changes.
In the opening first round game, Heidelberg edged Ohio Wesleyan 58-57. Heidelberg will face Grace Bible College in the championship game at 3 p.m.