The Tigers could not overcome a 25 point deficite at the half and lost 78-64 at Holland, MI against the Flying Dutchman. Hope built the halftime lead with a great defensive effort and it took Grace out of the game early. The Tigers fought back in the second half and outscored Hope 42-31 but it wasn’t enough and the Tigers came up short. “I was proud of our guys in the second half”, said Coach Gary Bailey. “We controlled the game a little more and cranked up our defense. We need to be able to play all forty minutes that way in order to compete at Hope’s level.”
Allen Durham led Grace with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Krombeen had 12 and Paul Nelson 10 for Grace. Brandon Herlein and Krombeen each handed out 3 assists. Hope’s Jesse Reimink led the Dutchmen with 21. The Tigers had 17 turnovers for the game but only 4 of those coming in the second half. Both teams shot just 38% from the floor but Hope outrebounded the Tigers 47-38.
The Tigers will play Purdue-North Central on Saturday at 1:00pm in the consolation game.