ALBION, Mich. – Calvin dropped a 69-60 decision at Albion Saturday afternoon at Kresge Gymnasium.
The Knights are now locked in a three-way tie for fourth place in the MIAA standings with Alma and Hope.
The Knights (8-9 overall, 3-2 MIAA) led 36-31 at halftime but the host Britons used an 11-2 scoring run midway through the second half to gain separation from the Knights. Albion then held off a late charge by the Knights to pull away for the win.
Calvin gained a five-point halftime advantage behind 12 first half points from junior Derrick DeVries (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS). A jumper by DeVries with 59 seconds left in the half gave the Knights a 36-29 advantage before the Britons (12-5 overall, 5-1 MIAA) scored on a layup just before the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to five points.
Albion closed the deficit down to one at 38-37 with 17:26 left in the second half. A three-pointer by DeVries put Calvin up 41-37 and a pair of free throws by senior Jason Walter (Coloma, Mich./Coloma HS) put the Knights up 43-39.
Albion used a three-point play by Arshawn Parker to take a 44-43 lead with 15:08 remaining and never trailed again.
A three-point shot Jaylin Fordham with 12:07 left ignited Albion's 11-2 scoring run. The run was capped of by a layup by Quintin Armstrong at the 7:57 mark and gave the Britons a 58-47 lead.
Calvin responded with an 8-0 run including a three-pointer by sophomore Thad Shymanski (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) that brought the Knights within 58-55 at the 4:06 mark. The Knights had a subsequent three-point shot to tie the contest but the shot was off the mark.
Calvin did not get closer than four points the rest of the way.
DeVries finished the game with 22 points and eight rebounds while Walter had 11 points off the bench. Junior Alex Bos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds while freshman Carson Meulenberg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Covenant Christian HS) had eight points and six boards in a reserve role.
Fordham and Caden Ebeling led Albion with 22 points apiece. Albion was 8 of 16 from three-point range and 11 of 14 from the free throw line. Calvin shot 34.4 percent overall and 23.8 percent (5 of 21) from three-point range. The Knights were 11 of 13 at the charity stripe.
Calvin also enjoyed a 45-34 rebounding advantage.