Men’s Basketball Drops MIAA Opener at Adrian 68-61
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
ADRIAN - On the road at Adrian, the Knights dropped their conference opener by a score of 68-61 on Wednesday evening.
The Bulldogs, who under third-year Coach Mark White have established a reputation as stout and gritty defensively, opened the game with a surprisingly fast-paced offensive attack. Adrian jumped out to a 20-9 lead of three pointers from Brad Whitby, Richaud Pack, and Cody Barnes to force a timeout from Calvin’s Coach Kevin Vande Streek.
But, true to the game’s broader pattern, Calvin would respond with a small run of its own. Bryan Powell contributed four points, all of them in transition, and Tom Snikkers, who scored the Knights first five points, added a bucket to cut the Bulldog lead to two.
But Calvin was unable to cut the lead closer before halftime. Any rebounding prowess the Knights had established during their first half run was diminished as Adrian mounted a 12-6 run to conclude the half.
Calvin entered the second half trailing by eight, but a 9-0 run quickly erased that. Sophomore Jordan Mast initiated the scoring with a three-ball from the left wing and Snikkers banked in a lay-up to give Calvin a one-point advantage less than three minutes into the half.
Adrian responded by taking an 11-point lead, its largest of the game. From there, Calvin wouldn’t get closer than five. With less than a minute to play, Powell hit a deep three en route to a career high to bring the score to 66-61. But Adrian would make free throws and hold on from there to seal a 68-61 victory.
The Knights were led in scoring by Powell’s 21. Snikkers added 15 and Mast had 12. Snikkers and Kruis each led the Knights with 15.
Vande Streek credited Adrian’s speed and athleticism and faulted Calvin’s poor shooting with the loss. The Knights shot 38% from the field and 17.6% from beyond the arc.
The Knights host the Britons of Albion at 3 pm on Saturday.