Strong Second Half Propels Grace over Northwood University JVDevin Collier looks to create some offense for the Tigers.
Grand Rapids, MI - When the JV team visited Midland, Michigan earlier this season to face the Northwood Timberwolves’ JV squad, they were beat convincingly. Winning two out of their last three games, the Tigers were looking vastly improved from the beginning stages of the season and came out of the gate confident of their chances to compete this time verses the Timberwolves at home.
As the game began, it seemed as if the Timberwolves’ hoop had a magnet on it, as they were able to drain 7 out of 8 three point shots to start of the game, and the Tigers quickly found themselves down 32-10 only 8 minutes into the contest. For the next 12 minutes, the opponent cooled down a little bit, but Grace was only able to cut the lead to 16, heading into the half at 42-26.
The second half saw drastic changes for the Tigers at both ends of the floor. They continuously chipped away at the lead and eventually took it with 8:00 remaining in the game on a basketball from sophomore Ben Kronemeyer. For the remaining 8:00 Grace kept up the solid play, in route to 60 second half points and an 86-78 victory over the Timberwolves.
"We had a tough start to this game, they were shooting the lights out, and we were very lackadaisical without play. It was nice to see our team get hit in mouth, and bounce back though, we were down as much as 22 points so for us to come back from so far down is great,” said head coach Dave Oldebekking after the game.
Kronemeyer led the Tigers with 19 points, followed by freshman Dan Cole with 17. Sophomore Rod Altidor contributed a team-high 10 rebounds, and freshman Evan Pryzbysz pitched in 8 assists to lead the team. Grace had an impressive 30 team assists on 34 field goals, with Karlion Jackson, Devin Collier, and Altidor all chipping in 5 as well.
The Tigers will finish their season at home this Friday against Olivet College’s JV squad at 6:00 PM.