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Men’s Basketball Falls at Davenport 88-79 in Season Opener

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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CALEDONIA - For more than 35 minutes, a youthful Calvin men’s basketball team took the nationally-ranked Davenport Panthers to the limit. The Knights were unable to close however, dropping an 88-79 decision at 11th-ranked (NAIA D2) Davenport Tuesday night in the season opener for the Calvin men’s basketball team.

Calvin led 37-32 at halftime behind 51.6 percent shooting from the floor. Davenport (5-0) clawed back to take a 51-50 lead with 12:57 left in the second half. Calvin answered with an 11-3 scoring run to build a 63-56 lead capped off by a layup by freshman Mitch Vallie (Goodrich HS) with 9:01 left to play.

Davenport regained the lead at 70-69 with just over five minutes remaining however and never trailed again as the host Panthers outscored Calvin 17-8 over the final 4:42 to seal the win.

“We have a very young and inexperienced team that is still learning how to play defense,” said Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. “We had several defensive errors that led to easy baskets and when you’re playing a very talented team like Davenport, those mistakes will cost you.”

Sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) led Calvin in defeat with 20 points while senior Danny Rodts (Niles/Niles HS) had 18 points and seven rebounds. Junior Brian Haverdink (Holland/Holland Christian HS) chipped in with a career-high 10 points off the bench while senior Brent Schuster (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) had nine points and seven rebounds.

Nathan Cox led Davenport with 21 points off the bench while James Nelson had 20. Calvin held a 38-35 rebounding advantage but the Knights committed 21 turnovers while Davenport turned the ball over 10 times.

Calvin will now prepare to host its own Calvin Tip-Off Tourney Friday and Saturday at Van Noord Arena. The Knights will face Grace Bible College at 7:30 p.m. Friday night with Ohio Wesleyan and Heidelberg set to tangle in the first game at 5:30 p.m.

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