The Tigers made it a worthwhile trip on a cold, wintery night to Gary, IN with a solid performance on both ends of the court and came away with the 81-69 victory. Senior Ryan Krombeen (Calvin Christian) led the Tigers with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Junior Zach Schutte (Calvin Christian) with 14 points and senior Cory Jamieson (Wayland) with 13 points also hit double figures for the Tigers. Junior Ryan Dame (Wayland) had 8 rebounds and 8 points, two coming on a monster power dunk on a drive down the middle.
Coach Gary Bailey received solid contributions from his bench as 10 players played over 10 minutes each. None was more valuable than junior Greg Salmon (Wayland) who continues to inspire the coaching staff and his teammates with his non-stop hustle. “Greg has a nose for the ball,” commented assistant coach, Dan George, “and he gives you 100% every minute he’s in there.” Salmon finished with 5 rebounds (4 on the offensive end), 5 points, 3 assists, and a steal in 15 minutes of play. Senior John Oostema (Calvin Christian) also came off the bench with 8 points and 6 assists. Senior Cameron Myers (Enumclaw HS) contributed 11 solid minutes of point play and hit a big 3 pointer.
“Our focus tonight was not on margin of victory,” said Coach Bailey. “We set some goals to do things right and let the points fall in place. We made huge strides in those areas and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
The Tigers shot a blistering 51.4% from the field and outrebounded the Red Hawks 42-36.
Grace is back home on Thursday, January 19, as they host the Cardinals of Andrews University at 7:00 PM in the Aldrich Center.