The Tigers travel to Marquette, MI to take on the Wildcats of Northern Michigan University (NCAA DII) tonight at 7:00 PM. The game can be followed live through the avenues below:
Live Stats: HERE
The Tigers were at home Tuesday night to face NCCAA Midwest Region foe, Great Lakes Christian College. The Crusaders had a lot of new faces and some sharp shooting guards who shot 8/18 from three point range in the first half, led by Michael Vickers’ 3/4 from beyond the arc.
The Tigers first half was plagued by the same malady that led to previous downfalls this season — 10 turnovers. They built an 11 point lead, 33-22, and then promptly blew it with turnovers, and went into the half with just a one point lead, 39-38. Great Lakes took a two point lead early in the second half and the stage was set for another disappointment. That’s when the Tigers dug deep, led by junior captain, Jake Blauwkamp (Grandville HS), whose poise and leadership paved the way for effective ball movement on offense (the Tigers shot 59% from the field in the second half) and some solid stops on defense, forcing Great Lakes deep into the shot clock. The Tigers had only 3 turnovers in a second half that saw highlights from Blauwkamp, drawing a charge, sophomore transfer Rod Altidor’s (Rhema Bible College) monster block off the backboard of a Crusader layup attempt, and one of junior Travis Rader’s (Wayland Union HS) patented thunder dunks on a steal and lead pass from Blauwkamp. You can see the video for both the block and dunk below the article.
Coach Gary Bailey played every Tiger in the second half, giving his bench a reward for a solid game by his top 10. “I am so pleased with the character of this team,” said Bailey, after the game. “The coaching staff feels like we made a giant stride tonight toward where we want to go. We need to build on this last 20 minutes of basketball and continue to get better.”
Perri Vaden led Great Lakes with 25 points and 9 rebounds. The Tigers put four players in double figures, led by Blauwkamp’s 19 points. Rader added 16 points, freshman Jared Bradford (Sparta HS) contributed 12 points, and junior Cameron Cramer (Ida HS) had 10 points. Cramer led the Tigers with 7 rebounds as Grace held a 38-30 advantage on the boards.
The Tigers are off this weekend but face a long road trip to Marquette where they will face NCAA DII Northern Michigan University at 7:30 on Monday, November 16.
Can’t make it to tonight’s home game against Great Lakes Christian College? There will be a live audio broadcast of the game available on the Grace Tiger Network. The game will take place at 7:00 PM, with the pre-game show beginning at 6:45 PM ET.
Follow this link for access to the broadcast: LIVE AUDIO vs. GLCC
The Tigers have established a pattern in this young season of only five games that they don’t want to continue — failing to finish. That malady left them on the short end of a 103-97 loss to Kuyper College on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of Grace’s Holiday Charity Tournament. College of Faith downed Crossroads College in the consolation game played earlier in the afternoon.
Coach Gary Bailey was perplexed as the Tigers showed moments of brilliance and then seemed lost. “We won’t be consistent winners until we learn to take care of the ball. Turnovers killed us tonight as they have in every one of our losses this year.” Indeed the Tigers held the advantage over the Cougars in almost every other stat line. Grace shot 57% from the field to the Cougars 49%. The Tigers outrebounded Kuyper 41-30 and held a 26-18 advantage in assists. But Grace committed 21 turnovers to Kuyper’s 7 and that was the difference in the game. More importantly, they seemed to come at crucial moments, either stopping a Tiger come back or preventing them from lengthening a lead a putting the Cougars away.
The road doesn’t get easier in the next five weeks as the Tigers face the most difficult part of their schedule. They will be home on Tuesday night against Great Lakes Christian College at 7 pm but then face a brutal schedule of NAIA, NCAA III, NCAA II, and NCAA I schools.
Tigers get the win against College of Faith 87-77 in the Grace Charity Tournament. The Tigers will play Kuyper College in the championship game at 3:00pm on Saturday. Story to follow.
The Grace Bible College Tigers headed into a very tough road atmosphere last night, as Cornerstone University kicked off their season with Head Coach Kim Elders on the verge of his 500th career win.
The Tigers started the game well, handling Cornerstone’s zone press defense enough to build a four-point lead with 12:00 remaining in the first half. The Golden Eagles quickly fought back to take the lead and extend it to ten points with three minutes to go in the half. A couple buckets by junior Jake Blauwkamp helped Grace chip away at the lead in the final minutes, going into the half down 44-39.
Cornerstone came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half, resulting in a 10-0 run that would extend their lead to 15. Under the shooting of junior Brad Rosenzweig and freshman Jared Bradford, Grace was able to put together a run of their own, cutting the score to 67-65 with 9:35 remaining in the game. Turnovers and missed shots plagued the Tigers from then on, as Cornerstone was able to end the game on a 33-9 run, resulting in a final score of 100-74. “We will be a good team when we learn to play for 40 minutes,” said Coach Gary Bailey.
Rosenzweig led the Tigers with 15 points, on 5-6 shooting from 3-point range. Blauwkamp, Bradford, and senior Nick Mascarro also posted double figures, with 13, 12, and 13 respectively. Blauwkamp and Rosenzweig both added 4 assists. Junior Travis Rader led the squad for the second straight game with eight rebounds.
Grace will host College of Faith this Friday at 8:00 PM, in the first round of the 2nd Annual Grace Holiday Charity Tournament.
Highlights of last night’s game can be found in the video below:
Tune in to the Grace Bible College USTREAM channel for a live audio broadcast of tonight’s game @ Cornerstone University (link below). The broadcast will begin at 6:40 PM with a pre-game show. Joining broadcaster Ryan Krombeen tonight as a special guest commentator will be his former teammate and Grace Alum, Brandon Herlein.
Poor shooting from the field and the charity stripe doomed the Tigers in their second game of the season against Lawrence Tech University. The Tigers started slow, even flat, and lost their two point lead with about 5 minutes gone in the first half. Lawrence Tech built a 10 point lead at the half and never looked back, building the lead to as much as 20 with 6:09 left in the game.
Cameron Cramer led Grace with 17 points and Travis Rader pulled down 8 rebounds while adding 13 points. Nick Mascorro was the only other Tiger in double figures with 11. Mascorro, Cramer, Jared Bradford, and Luc McKian each grabbed 5 rebounds as the Tigers won the battle of the boards with a 43-35 advantage. “We don’t lose many games, especially by this kind of margin, when we outrebound the other team,” said Coach Gary Bailey. But the Tigers shot only 38% from the field, including 4/20 from the three point line, to Lawrence Tech’s 55% and Grace was simply awful from the free throw line at 19/36.
“We have a lot of work to do,” said Bailey. The Tigers don’t have much time to practice in the coming week, facing an excellent Cornerstone University team at Cornerstone on Tuesday night and then hosting the Grace Charity Tournament to benefit Pineview Homes at the Aldrich Center on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Gary Bailey took his young squad to Spring Arbor University Friday night where the Cougars host a four team tournament to start the season. In a game that saw 20 lead changes and the score tied 12 times, Spring Arbor held off the Tigers, 82-78.
The Cougars won the game on the boards and from the free throw line. SAU outrebounded the Tigers 36-30 but 17 of those came on the offensive end. “You can’t give up that many offensive rebounds to a good team and expect to win,” said Coach Bailey. The Cougars made it to the free throw line 24 times, hitting 18 of them. The Tigers also shot well from the charity stripe, but they only had 13 chances, making 10 free throws.
The Tigers never found a way to stop Cougar senior Rob Hogans. Hogans scored at will from both the outside and driving to the rim, finishing with 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. He was the difference maker as Thomas Starks was the only other Cougar to score in double figures.
There were some bright spots in the loss. Senior Nick Mascorrro (Tri-Unity Christian) played well in his return to SAU, where he played the first two years of his career. With 7 assists and 16 points, the point guard hit key shots when the Tigers needed them to stay in the game. Junior Brad Rosenzweig (Forest Hills Eastern) had a solid game with 7 rebounds and 17 points, leading the Tigers in both categories. Junior Cameron Cramer (Ida) added 14 points and 5 rebounds, and freshman Jared Bradford (Sparta) had 14 points in his debut with the Tigers.
Grace shot 51% from the field to SAU’s 46% but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Cougar advantages on the offensive boards and from the free throw line. “We must use this game to learn, and get better,” said Bailey. “I never like to lose but the reasons for this loss are easy to identify. Now we have to fix them.”
The Tigers play Lawrence Tech at 1 pm on Saturday in the tournament consolation game.