Down nine points at halftime the Tigers put together a valiant rally in the second half, but the Knights from Calvin College were just too much, as they pulled away for the 57-50 victory. The Tigers built a quick 10-4 lead four minutes into the game, but thanks to some cold shooting and solid Calvin defense could only muster 16 points at halftime, as Calvin went into the locker room with a 25-16 lead. “We normally are a pretty good three point shooting team and we just didn’t get the looks from three we normally get, so at halftime we knew we were going to need a different approach.” said Coach Oldebekking after the game. “I thought we adjusted well after halftime to their defense, and the guys really dug in defensively and that got us back in the game.” The Tigers took their first lead of the second half with 3:00 minutes to go at 50-48, but couldn’t muster another basket.
Statistically the game was almost even as both teams shot 39% from the field and each had 37 rebounds. “ There were two main things that attributed to this loss, first we were 0-9 from three point range, but the biggest was we had 28 turnovers, we gave them to many extra possessions and it ended up being the difference in the game. “
The Tigers were led in scoring by Brendon Coe and Aaron Schutte who each chipped in with 11 points. The Tigers are back in action January 20th as they travel to Cornerstone University to take on the Golden Eagles.