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Men’s Basketball Falls To Wheaton 74-69 in CCIW/MIAA Classic

Saturday, December 05, 2009

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HOLLAND- A mere 17 hours after leaving the court on Friday the Knights returned to Holland to take on the sixth ranked Thunder from Wheaton. Despite a very evenly matched game, Calvin (2-4) came up short against Wheaton (5-1) falling by a score of 74-69.

Both teams began the first 10 minutes with a field goal percentage just above the 25 degree temperature outside.  After both teams warmed up heading into halftime but the Knights found themselves trailing 33-30 at half.

Wheaton’s offensive attack proved to be too much for the Knights as they shot a Thunderous 11-21 (52.4%) from behind the arc.  Ben Panner from Wheaton led all scorers with 29 points, also aided by 19 points from Andrew Jahns who was 6-8 from downtown.

Calvin was lead in scoring by senior John Mantel with 21 points who picked up right where he left off last night scoring the first five points of the game for the Knights. Junior Danny Rodts finished 12 points while Paul Campbell had a career-high 9 points. They were just 3 of 10 Knights that contributed on the scoreboard for the Knights on Saturday afternoon.

Both coaches pointed out the evenness of the game in post game interviews. Coach Vande Streek called it a “Physical battle with both teams playing very intense basketball” with the difference being the hot streak Panner and Jahns got on in the second half.

Vande Streek was still pleased with the effort this weekend, “ The loss is disappointing but I’m pleased with the weekend and we have improved a lot this week”  He especially pointed out the play of freshman Bryan Powell and Tom Snikkers who was put in the starting line-up for the first time this weekend. “I’m very excited about those guys and the progress that they are making.”

Both teams finished an even 50% (24-48) from the floor with Calvin at 40% on 3’s while Wheaton was at 52.4% from behind the arc.

Wheaton now leads the all time series 28-23, and the Knights are now 5-7 in the six years of the MIAA/CCIW challenge.

Calvin returns to action next Thursday against Aquinas in a home match scheduled to begin at 7:30pm

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