Men’s Basketball Snaps Four-Game Losing Skid With 68-47 Win Over Kalamazoo
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
The Knights put a conclusive stamp on their first conference win with a 68-47 victory over Kalamazoo Wednesday evening. After an even first half, Calvin outscored the Hornets 41-20 in the game’s final twenty minutes.
After dropping their first two close conference contests, the Knights opened the first half in what looked like another close but disappointing showing. At the halftime break, the Knights’ field goal percentage of 27% reflected their early season shooting woes and the game seemed destined for another potentially heartbreaking conclusion.
But the second half brought with it a breath of offensive potency. Junior Tommy Snikkers opened the half with an old-fashioned three-point play. Snikkers’ lay-in was assisted by junior David Rietema, who entered the game the MIAA’s league leader in assists.
Minutes later, a Brian Haverdink three-ball capped a 10-0 scoring run. Haverdink’s triple was followed closely by junior Nate Van Eck’s defiant block of Kalamazoo’s Eric Fishman.
But five minutes into the half, the Hornets would cut the Calvin lead to two, forcing a timeout from Calvin Head Coach Kevin Vande Streek. The Knights returned to the floor determined to restore their earlier lead.
Sophomore Jordan Mast drilled a baseline three, and junior Bryan Powell caught fire with three consecutive field goals from distance to put the Knights on top by eleven.
Calvin’s defense also proved formidable. The Knights held the Hornets scoreless for over five minutes late in the second half to effectively ice the game. After junior Matt DeBoer connected on a four-footer with less than four minutes to play, the Knights were on top by 15.
From there, Calvin would coast to a 21-point victory. The Knights shot 53% in the second half and went 3-5 from beyond the arc.
After the game, Vande Streek noted his team’s heightened sense of desire.
“The intensity factor was 180 degrees from Saturday. We left everything out on the court,” he said and added that he expects the game to serve as a confidence boost for the squad.
Powell led the Knights in scoring with 18 points. Snikkers was also in double figures with 11 points and sophomore Tyler Kruis snagged seven boards. Nine players recorded points for Calvin on the evening.
Calvin travels to Alma on Saturday.