Men’s Hoops Claims Calvin Tip-off Tourney Title with 97-81 Win Over College of Faith
Sunday, November 24, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
The Calvin men’s basketball team faced the College of Faith Warriors in the 13th annual Calvin Tip-off Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Calvin defeated Kuyper College 105-86 on Friday evening while College of Faith beat Grace Bible 86-81 to both advance to the championship.
The Knights entered the game at 2-0 while the Warriors were 3-2.
The teams played the beginning of the first half very closely. College of Faith opened the game applying the full-court press and took a 21-15 lead with 11:26 remaining by forcing four early Calvin turnovers.
The Knights recovered and picked up their shooting midway through the first half from where they left off last night. Calvin shot 60.3% in its victory over Kuyper on Friday, and in the first half, the Knights again hit over 50% of their shots.
The game was tied at 24-24 with 9:51 remaining, but after that, Calvin outscored the Warriors 28-14 the remainder of the half to claim a 52-38 lead at halftime.
Junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) led the Knights with 15 points at the break while senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) added 11 points and five rebounds. Calvin shot 58.6% in the opening half while outscoring College of Faith 14-2 in the points-off-turnover category.
Out of the break, Calvin took a 61-44 lead on a three-pointer from sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS).
The Warriors cut the Knights lead to single digits with 9:14 remaining in the game at 74-65, scoring seven straight.
Calvin responded with a 10-0 run to push its lead to 84-65, the Knights largest lead of the game up to that point.
Calvin closed out the game with a 97-81 victory.
Brink led the Knights with 17 points while DeVries had 15 points and eight rebounds. Senior Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) and junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) were also both in double figures at 15 points and 10 points, respectively.
Calvin shot 54.1% from the field, including 9-of-20 from behind the arc. The Knights also hit 22-of-25 free throws.
Both DeVries and Brink were named to the all-tournament team while DeVries was named tournament MVP.
“We gave up about the same number of points as yesterday, and scored a little bit less, but yet we had a way better feeling. We came out of the gate and played much harder,” said head coach Kevin VandeStreek. “They were really athletic and they had some plays that we couldn’t do anything about, but the consistency factor was certainly in our favor. We did a nice job in transition and from an offensive standpoint, we got some pretty good looks.”
Calvin continues non-conference action on Tuesday when it travels to Manchester to face the Spartans at 8 p.m.