Playing arguably their best half of basketball the Tigers played Hope College straight up for 20 minutes, going into the lockerroom tied 23-23. Eventually the Flying Dutchmen pulled away winning 72-53. ” Defensively the first half was the best we played so far, they were missing a lot of shots, but we were forcing them into the shots we wanted them to take.” ” I really think we are learning how hard you have to play just to compete, I was really impressed with the effort of the team, in particular Mike Mokma, Ridge Tefft, Ben Kronemeyer, and Kyle Zobel.” said Coach Oldebekking after game. ” I really thought they gave valuable minutes and really played hard.”
Statistically this was the Tigers best game to date. ” Even though we lost by a pretty large margin, we are starting to see some things on the stat sheet that are promising, our turnovers were way down this game, and the rebounding margin was much closer this game then in previous games.” On the rebounding end, Karlion Jackson had 8 rebounds and Ridge Tefft checked in with 7 rebounds.” Ridge certainly made the most of his time on the court today, and we loved to see him crash the glass like he did.”
All nine Tigers scored in the game, they were led in scoring by Jordan Bylsma who had 15 points. The Tigers have the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving, and will be back in action next weekend as the participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings Tournament at Muskegon Community College. November 30th the Tigers play at 3:00pm against Lansing Community College, and on December 1st they will take on Muskegon Community College at 7:00pm.