Calvin Men's Basketball Blows by Bulldogs to Secure No. 2 Seed for MIAA Tournament

Calvin Men's Basketball Blows by Bulldogs to Secure No. 2 Seed for MIAA Tournament

ADRIAN, Mich. - Calvin clinched the second seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament in convincing fashion, defeating the Adrian Bulldogs 83-58 Wednesday night.

Calvin improves to 14-10 overall and 9-4 in the MIAA. The Knights are in sole possession of second place in the MIAA standings, one game ahead of third place Trine with one game left to play in the MIAA regular season. The Knights hold a direct head-to-head tiebreaker over Trine however, having swept the regular season series from the Thunder this year.

Junior point guard Tony Canonie (South Haven, Mich./South Haven HS) poured in a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Canonie also dished out six assists and collected three steals while committing only two turnovers. Calvin led 36-27 at halftime and opened the second half on a 15-4 scoring run to put the game out of reach. The Knights shot 57.4 percent from the field including 70 percent (7-of-10) from three-point range in the win.

"We have not had a lot of sustained offensive runs this season but tonight we did and it felt good," said Calvin men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek. "It definitely makes things much easier and our entire team was able to contribute to this win."

Calvin had 12 different players enter the scorebook with at least one point. The Knights received 37 bench points including senior Nick Kronemeyer (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton HS) with 11 points and senior Michael Welch (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore HS) with 10 points. Senior Cam Denney (Bluffton, Ind./Norwell HS) had nine points, four assists and four rebounds. Junior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) and sophomore Austin Bykerk (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) added eight points apiece. Isiah Crofford led Adrian with 17 points.

Canonie however was the player who stole the show on Wednesday with a career-best evening. "This game was a lot of fun for Tony and the great thing about tonight is that his teammates were extremely excited for him. Tony is a very unselfish player. A pass-first, shoot second kind of guy so to see him have a game like tonight was terrific."

Vande Streek was also pleased with his team's focus heading into Wednesday's road contest. "We knew Adrian has taken a lot of teams to the last possession both home and away so we had to be ready," said Vande Streek. "I was proud of our guys for being ready to play and being focused. We had a very good start to the game and we kept the momentum going from there."

Calvin will now prepare for a rivalry contest at Hope on Saturday in a game that will serve as the regular season finale for both teams. Saturday's game at Hope's DeVos Fieldhouse is set to begin at 3 p.m.