Calvin Men's Basketball Drops MIAA Opener at Adrian

Calvin Men's Basketball Drops MIAA Opener at Adrian
ADRIAN, Mich. - The Calvin men's basketball team opened its 2018 MIAA campaign with a 76-67 defeat at Adrian Wednesday evening at the Merillat Center.
 
A late surge at the end of the first half and also second half allowed Adrian to claw its way to the win over the visiting Knights.
 
Adrian closed out the first half on a 16-7 run to take a 39-32 halftime lead and closed out the second half with a 15-5 run to seal the win.
 
Calvin (4-8 overall, 0-1 MIAA) led 25-23 on a layup by sophomore Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) with 5:23 remaining and led 27-25 on a bucket by junior Jason Walter (Coloma, Mich./Coloma HS) with 4:40 left. Adrian (10-2 overall, 1-0 MIAA) scored the next seven points however to take a 32-27 lead and followed with a pair of layups inside the final 38 seconds of regulation to take a seven-point halftime lead.
 
The Knights trailed 50-41 five minutes into the second half but Calvin ripped off a 10-0 scoring run capped off by a dunk by junior Austin Bykerk (Jenison, Mich./Unity Christian HS) to take a 52-51 lead. 
 
The lead then changed hands six times but the final lead change came with 4:18 left to play on a three-point play by Jordan Harris that put the Bulldogs up 64-62. Calvin had taken the lead moments before on a three-point shot by junior Carlos Amoros-Gutierrez (Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming HS).
 
The three-point play by Harris however kick-started Adrian's game-ending 15-5 run as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten (5-0) at home this season.
 
Calvin featured a balanced scoring attack led by Amoros-Gutierrez with 14 points off the bench while Bykerk had 13 points. DeVries and senior Michael Wilks (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian HS) had 12 points apiece while Walter had 11 points in a reserve role. Junior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) snared a team-high 10 rebounds.
 
Adrian put four players in double-figures in scoring led by Jeremy Kalonji with 20 points while Justin Webster had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Calvin shot 45.8 percent from the field. Adrian shot 55.4 percent from the floor. 

Calvin will travel to Alma on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.