Men’s Basketball Heads Into Christmas Break With 83-63 Victory Over Trinity Christian College
Saturday, December 10, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
Calvin rolled to a 20-point victory over the Trolls from Trinity Christian College on Saturday afternoon. The victory puts Calvin’s record back above .500 at 5-4 and drops Trinity to 6-8.
Calvin went on a 10-3 game in the opening four minutes and didn’t look back from there. The Knights pressured the baseline, with eight of those ten points coming in within six feet of the basket. Junior Matt DeBoer had the Knights’ first four points, en route to a 16 point performance.
The Knights pulled ahead from there. Midway through the first quarter, sophomore Tyler Kruis found junior Tom Snikkers cutting, and hit him with a wrap-around pass, which Snikkers laid in to give Calvin a 24-14 lead Snikkers led Calvin in scoring with 17 total points and Coach Kevin Vande Streek had good things to say about his play.
“He had a quiet 17 points, but what really stood out is that he passed so well,” he said. “It was a very unselfish performance.”
Calvin took a 47-33 lead into halftime, and the Knights held a 22-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Calvin continued its unselfish play out of the halftime break. Minutes into the half, Snikkers found DeBoer in the post. DeBoer fed sophomore Mickey DeVries on a baseline cut, and his lay-up but Calvin on top by 18. Sophomore Jordan Mast then chipped in three of his 13 points to put the Knights on top by 25. Calvin would extend its lead to 30 twice in the second half. Trinity would cut the lead to 17 with five minutes remaining, but it didn’t get any closer than that. The Knights cruised to a 20-point lead.
“I saw 30 minutes of the best basketball we’ve played this year,” said Vande Streek.
Joining Snikkers, DeBoer and Mast in double digits was junior Bryan Powell with 11 points. Mitch Vallie and Tyler Kruis each had nine. Snikkers led the Knights with nine rebounds and junior David Rietema had a team high seven assists.
The Knights return to action on December 29, facing Whitworth College in Seattle, Washington.
return to action on December 29, facing Whitworth College in Seattle, Washington.