Men’s Basketball Falls to Hope in First Place MIAA Showdown
Thursday, February 06, 2014
By Mark DeHaan
HOLLAND - Another rivalry game, another first place showdown.
The Calvin men’s basketball team traveled to Holland and the DeVos Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening, looking to take sole possession of first place from rival Hope.
In the first meeting this season between the two teams, Hope defeated Calvin 71-63 at the Van Noord Arena.
Unfortunately for the Knights, it was the same on the road as it had been at home, and this in a more lopsided fashion. Calvin trailed by as many as 30 in the second half before falling at a final score of 83-65.
The Flying Dutchmen came out ready to play on Wednesday evening. On Calvin’s opening possession, Alex Eidson stole the ball and hit a reverse layup for the first points of the game.
Hope continued its strong play and took a 12-4 lead before the first media timeout.
Calvin continued to struggle, and midway through the first half, the Knights trailed 17-5 and were just 18% from the field while the Flying Dutchmen were shooting 54%.
The Knights could not get their legs under themselves for the entire first half, and at the break, Hope held a 35-19 advantage.
The Flying Dutchmen shot 47% in the first half while Calvin shot 23%. The Knights’ 19 points were their lowest first half point total this season.
Out of the break, Hope pushed its lead to as much as 45-23, the largest deficit the Knights had seen all season.
Calvin still could not find a rhythm, and Hope’s lead continued to expand. With 8:26 remaining, the Flying Dutchmen saw their lead grow to 72-42.
The Knights never recovered from the insurmountable deficit, and Hope closed out the 18-point win.
Hope shot 55% in the win, 64% in the second half, and outrebounded Calvin 38-28.
Senior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) scored a game-high 21 to lead the Knights in defeat. Junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) added 11 points. With his 21 points, Kruis boosted his career total to 1,030, moving past Matt Veltema and into 19th place on the Calvin career list.
For Hope, Alex Eidson scored 17 while Nate VanArendonk added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Gardner chipped in 10 points.
“Hope came right out after us, forced us into turnovers and attacked the basket. They really dictated the pressure,” said head coach Kevin Vande Streek. “We’ve been working a lot on finishing in the paint, but I don’t think it was as physical in practice as it was in the game.”
Calvin falls to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in MIAA, now dropping to second place. Hope improves to 14-6 and 8-1 in conference play, taking over first place.
The Knights look to rebound from the loss with a game at Adrian on Saturday night. Saturday night’s contest is scheduled to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.