Calvin Men's Basketball Claims Victory Over Comets

Calvin Men's Basketball Claims Victory Over Comets

OLIVET, Mich. - The Calvin men's basketball moved into sole possession of second place in the MIAA standings with a hard-fought 83-70 victory at Olivet Saturday night.

Calvin fought off several offensive surges by the Comets to claim the win. The Knights did so by placing five players in double-digits in scoring while receiving key contributions from several other spots as well.

Calvin (12-9 overall, 7-3 MIAA) trailed 25-17 midway through the first half but ripped off a 12-0 run to take a 29-25 lead. The Knights closed out the first half with six unanswered points to take a 39-35 halftime lead.

The Knights opened the second half with a 14-2 run to build a 53-37 lead and later led 62-44 on a three-pointer by senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell HS) with 11:37 remaining.

Olivet (8-12 overall, 4-5 MIAA) then mounted a furious comeback effort, outscoring the Knights 21-3 over to trail just 67-65 with 6:27 remaining.

With starting point guard Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS) in foul trouble, sophomore Carlos Amoros (Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming HS) stepped in to deliver some key minutes and drilled a crucial three-pointer that put the Knights up 70-65.
Calvin then used an 8-1 run over the final two minutes to seal the win including a key three-point play by Canonie.

Junior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) led Calvin in scoring with 18 points to go with seven rebounds. Denney amassed his first collegiate triple-double, scoring 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Junior Mike Siegel (Fremont, Mich./Fremont HS) tossed in 16 points off the bench while freshman Tony DeWitte (Grandville, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) had 15 points while Canonie had 10 points and four assists.

"Tonight's game was a grind but one of the things we've continued to tell our guys all year is to continue to keep grinding and they did that tonight," said Calvin men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. "Due to injuries and in tonight's case, foul trouble, we needed other individuals on our team to step up and they did. Carlos Amoros in particular was huge when Tony had to go out because of foul trouble. I thought Carlos was very poised handling the ball against Olivet's pressure and he came up with a big shot when we needed it. I'm just proud of all of our guys and the way they battled tonight. This was an important win for our team. We have some big games coming up next week but we have to take them one at a time."

Calvin held a 47-35 rebounding advantage against Olivet. Olivet hit on 11 of 28 from three-point range but the Knights were able to outscore the Comets by eight points at the free throw line. Calvin also connected on eight three-pointers of its own.

The Knights return home for a pair of road games next week, hosting Alma Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Kalamazoo on February 11 at 3 p.m.