No matter how you say it or which side you take, it’s the West Michigan hoops tradition that stands out like Michigan-Ohio State football, Duke-North Carolina basketball and the Detroit Lions missing out on the Super Bowl.
Tonight in Holland on the campus of the Flying Dutchmen, these two teams will again add to the lengthy list of historical battles that stand out in our memories here in Beer City, USA.
MIAA Player of the Year Harrison Blackledge, along with All-Conference First-Team honorees Chad Carlson and Dante Hawkins, will lead Hope on their home court at DeVos Fieldhouse in an attempt to exact revenge against Cam Denney (2nd Team All-MIAA) and the Knights for the 65-62 OT loss the Flying Dutchmen were handed just one week ago in Holland, MI.
After the Knights were handily defeated by Hope 87-67 on their own home court at Van Noord Arena back in January, when Blackledge led the scoring with 25 points. But, the Knights were able to pull out the victory last weekend making up for the blowout loss. Mike Seigel scored a game-high 20 points for the Knights off the bench, including four three-pointers, in the win that secured second place in the MIAA.
On Wednesday, Calvin defeated Trine University 75-64 and Hope defeated Alma College 63-45 to advance to tonight’s final, which will be the 196th meeting between the two schools. Hope leads the series 101-94 and nothing would make winning the MIAA more sweet for Calvin than defeating the Flying Dutchmen on their home court.