Men’s Basketball Gets Back on Winning Track With 73-63 Triumph Over Trine
Saturday, February 06, 2010
(written by Calvin sports information student assistant Derek Neice)
After dropping pair of tough losses on the road at Hope and Olivet, the Knights got back on track Saturday as they managed to hold of a young and resilient Trine team and maintain a share of first place with Hope at the top of the conference standings.
John Mantel led the way for the Knights with 20 points and 13 rebounds, enough for his 14th career double-double, and Danny Rodts finished close behind with 19 points, hitting on 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.
“Today we played really hard and we keep saying it to our guys that we’re going to get everybody’s best game and we sure did again today,” said Calvin coach Kevin Vande Streek afterwards. “And I’m glad we came to play hard or otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten the win.”
“We really wanted to go to John [Mantel] often and we did a great job of that and he delivered, and Danny [Rodts], when he gets his feet set and shoots that three there isn’t anyone better,” Vande Streek continued.
The Thunder started strong in the first frame, jumping out to an early 11-5 lead. Calvin came back quickly though and took the lead. The Knights led by as much as six points as the half wound down, but Trine used an 11-2 run late to retake the lead and both teams went to the locker rooms with a two-point Thunder advantage at 35-33.
Calvin came back out and scored six quick points to retake the lead at 39-35 once the second half was underway, and then it was back-and-forth basketball for the remainder of the game. Calvin would increase its lead by a few points and then Trine would cut that lead away and remain right on the Knights’ tails.
A pivotal point in the game came with around thirteen minutes to play when Trine center Alex Croll fouled out of the game. Without Croll, the Thunder were severely undersized inside and John Mantel made sure to take advantage of that.
Trine got as close as three as time ran down, a 64-61 Calvin lead with under five minutes to play, but Calvin went and scored nine straight points to seal the win, five of those points coming from the free throw line.
The game finished as a double-digit 73-63 Calvin win, but it certainly was hard-fought on both sides. With the win Calvin moves to 8-2 in the MIAA and Trine falls to 4-5.
More key contributors for the Knights included Matt Veltema who finished with 10 points and Paul Campbell, who had an outstanding game across the board coming off the bench with 6 points, 6 boards and 3 big blocks on defense.
For the Thunder, freshman Ian Jackson scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, freshman Scott Rogers poured in 16, and senior Wes Weir chipped in an additional 16.
Calvin looks ahead to its game this Wednesday at Adrian, a contest that should prove to be one of the more difficult conference match-ups of the year for the Knights. Adrian is a game behind Calvin and Hope in the MIAA standings and look to get some revenge for the earlier game this year when Calvin beat the Bulldogs in the Van Noord Arena.
“They’ve made tremendous progress,” Vande Streek said of Adrian. “They have a new coach and a lot of young guys, and it’ll definitely be a battle come Wednesday.”
That game is set to kick off at 7:30.