The Tigers completed their Florida trip with a victory over Multnomah University, but it was a nail biter down to the last seconds. In a game which featured fourteen lead changes, the Tigers blew an early sixteen point lead and trailed by as many as twelve points. The Lions of Multnomah controlled the pace for much of the game as they lofted 68 three pointers and made 26 of them for a 38% clip from behind the arc. In spite of the pace and the Lions incredible shooting, the Tigers showed resolve in fighting back each time they went down to pull out the win.
The Lions’ Austin Hodges put on an incredible shooting display, sinking 12 of 22 three pointers, several from the 30 foot range. “I have never seen anything like that at any level,” said Tiger Coach Gary Bailey. “To shoot and make that many threes from that distance is incredible.” Hodges was 18/36 overall from the field and finished with a jaw dropping 50 points.
Senior Zach Schutte led five Tigers in double figures with 31 points on 12/19 shooting from the field including one three pointer. He was also 6 for 7 from the charity stripe. B J Van Loo 17, Jake Blauwkamp 13, Nick Van Loo 11, and Aaron Schutte 10 all finished in double figures. B J Van Loo with 13 and Zach Schutte with 9 led a dominant rebound performance by the Tigers (63-31) which they needed to overcome the Lions three point shooting. Zach and Aaron Schutte led the team with 4 assists each.
The Tigers wish to express appreciation for all the Grace alumni, families and friends who travelled from Michigan and various parts of Florida to support the Tigers at the Florida games. Grace is back home in the Aldrich Athletic Center on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm against Great Lakes Christian College.