Men’s Basketball Slips Against Adrian - Now Locked in Five-Way Tie for Second Place in MIAA
Thursday, February 10, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
The Knights fell short in their second consecutive conference game, falling to Adrian 75-63 Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena.
Against the MIAA’s best defensive squad, Calvin shot 35.7% from the field, coupled with a meager 6-20 effort from beyond the 3-point arc.
Adrian, on the other hand, was on fire. The Bulldogs made 27 of their 50 field goal attempts and shot a lightning hot 57% from the parabola.
Calvin was able to get in the lane in the first half, but struggled to connect and finish. Towards the end of the first half, Cody Barnes increased Adrian’s lead to seven with a three-ball. Calvin was unable to finish on a string of a lay-ups and Delano Collins converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give Adrian a 10 point lead going into the break.
Tom Snikkers opened the second half with a lay-up for the Knights, but Adrian was able to string together six consecutive points, taking a 14 point lead.
This trend continued for the duration of the game. Every time Calvin was able to claw into the Bulldog lead, Adrian knocked down a three, quelling all hopes of a Calvin comeback.
The Knights cut the deficit to single digits late in the game, but Adrian held on to a 75-63 victory.
Snikkers lead the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four players scored 13 points or more for the Bulldogs.
Coach Kevin Vande Streek noted Calvin’s inability to convert a handful of first half possessions into points and failure to defend a full shot clock in the second half. “Adrian is an outstanding defensive team. My hat’s off to them,” he said.
Calvin is now locked in a five-way tie for second place with Adrian, Albion, Kalamazoo and Olivet for second place in the MIAA standings. All five teams are 6-5 in league play.
Calvin will host Alma on Saturday at 3 p.m.