Calvin 81, Cornerstone 76
No stats, just pure elation. The Knights played a very good game. I'm very excited.
There were two or three points in the game where I was waiting for the "well it was fun while it lasted" feeling as Cornerstone made nice runs (fueled by lights out three point shooting), but, to their credit, Calvin never quit.
As the game entered the final five minutes, I was happy with the way they played, win or lose. They had the opportunity to fold when Cornerstone went on a 12-0 run in the first half to turn an eight point Calvin lead into a four point deficit. And then the same opportunity when Cornerstone used a 12-2 run to again gain a four point lead in the second half.
I kept on waiting for the mistakes, the fatigue factor, the lack of poise that often plagues young teams, but it never really happened. No, it wasn't a perfect game, but it was a complete game, and one the team and fans can be proud of.
I was trying to guard my optimism after last night's blowout, but this was a great win for the Knights against a very good Cornerstone team. They still have a lot of room to improve, and they can still get a lot better, but make no mistake about it, this Calvin team is pretty darn good.
Game ball: Tommy Snikkers. This guy is just plain good. He possesses terrific body control before, during, and after contact, and maintains a nice touch on his shot when driving or in traffic. Rarely out of control. Sees the floor well. He's leaps and bounds better than last year (which wasn't bad to begin with).
Also, I'd like to give out a special award to Jordan Brink for being my hero. I love this kid.
More stats and junk tomorrow. Hopefully lots of stuff. I won't sleep tonight. This is great. I love this crap.
Also, Derek Kingshott of Cornerstone has a terrific mustache. Loved every minute of it.