GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In a Saturday night shootout, Calvin claimed a 100-90 victory over Grace Christian University at Van Noord Arena.
Calvin and Grace Christian began the game trading baskets in the early minutes of the game. The Knights found themselves trailing 15-10 in the opening five minutes of the game. The Knights tied the game at 22 on a layup senior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) with 11 minutes left in the first half. It continued to be a back-and-forth battle throughout the remainder of the first half.
The Knights held a five-point lead that was capped off by three free throws by senior Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) to claim a 31-26 lead. The Tigers battled back late in the first half and went on a 6-0 run to and took a 45-44 lead going into halftime. Calvin shot 51% from the field and was 7 of 17 from the three-point line in the first half.
The third quarter started with a 7-0 outburst by the Knights to take a 52-45 advantage. The Tigers responded quickly with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 55-52 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.
With four and-a-half minutes left and the game tied 84-84, senior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) took over. He scored 12 straight points for Calvin to give the Knights a 10-point lead with 1:45 remaining. The Knights held the lead the rest of the game to pick up the win.
Alex Bos had a career night with 30 points on 10 of 11 shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds while DeVries finished with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The Knights shot an impressive 14 of 30 from the three-point line and shot 58% from the field overall. With his 29-point effort, DeVries bumped his career total to 1,195 points to move past Tyler Kruis and into 15th place on the all-time Calvin career list.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Both teams struggled to play defense tonight," said Calvin men's basketball head coach Bill Sall. "They have some weapons that scored, and we certainly did a nice job of making them pay with the way they have to match up with us. We had a couple guys in Alex Bos and Derrick DeVries really step up. Derrick is difficult to defend and we put him in good position to score. The thing that stands out about him tonight is that he had nine assists and he could have had a few more if we had made a few more shots. He did a great job finding the open man. This was a good game for us heading into the league because I think Grace Christian is as good as many of the teams we will see in our league. The one thing we need to keep working on is learning how to defend. We had a few situations where we had good scoring runs but we weren't able to dig in and defend. Developing a defensive mind-set will be a key for this team."
UP NEXT: Calvin heads to Albion for a conference matchup at 7:30pm on January 8.