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College hoops is off and running for local schools

The young season of college basketball is off and running for 2017-18.

The Davenport Panthers beat Calvin College 68-49 in the season’s first exhibition.The Panthers ran away with the 19-point victory holding the Knights to 14.3% from deep and holding them to only 49 points. All proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross to help hurricane relief. Davenport then lost another exhibition to Oakland a week later, 102-61.

The Panthers head out to the GLIAC/GVLC Crossover Classic this coming weekend, playing William Jewell College (MO) and Rockhurst University (MO) in Westville, IN.

The (Calvin) Knights host local NCCAA powerhouse Grace Tigers on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. They’ll head out on the road next weekend, playing at Augustana, IL on Friday and Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.

The Aquinas Saints and coach Ryan Bertoia are off to an 1-2 start after losing both games last weekend in Spring Arbor, MI. The Saints lost to the hosts 81-59 on Friday and took a 81-65 defeat at the hands at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The team rebounded for a 89-80 victory over Indiana University Northwest. AQ led from the opening buzzer as five Saints scored in double digits and the team shot over 50% from the field and 70% from behind the arc. TJ Hunter scored 18 points to lead the way.

The No. 1 ranked Cornerstone Golden Eagles, 2-2 on the year, open Mol Arena this week as they welcome Alma College on Thursday and Goshen College on Saturday. Coach Kim Elders should see some improve play from his team, especially on the defensive end. The Eagles have given up nearly 77 points per game.

GRCC heads out on the road to face Schoolcraft College on Saturday and Delta College on Sunday. The Raiders recently defeated the Aquinas JV team, 96-69.

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