5 players in double digits as Golden Eagles fly to 10th straight conference win
Kyle Steigenga finished perfect from the floor and scored 19 points to lead the Cornerstone Golden Eagles to their 10th straight WHAC victory and 18th straight overall, an 85-62 victory over NW Ohio.
Michael Bradshaw chipped in 17 points and Sam Vander Sluis added another double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Baker came off the bench to score 12 points.
After NW Ohio scored a couple quick buckets, the Golden Eagles jumped all over the visitors. Cornerstone showed why they’re ranked #1, building a 47-21 lead at halftime. Following their recent trend, they picked it up in the second half again this game, building a 33-point lead. Cornerstone played six players outside the normal rotation late in the game and NW Ohio could only get within 23 points at the final buzzer.
With upcoming road trips to Concordia on Saturday and Indiana Tech one week later, it’s good to see freshman point guard Christian Rodriguez (Godwin Heights) getting into the groove at the point guard position.
Filling the hole left by last year’s lead guard, Michael McLaughlin, is a big task and Rodriguez has done an admirable job. Leading a team of talented players to a title is something he did in high school, so he’s poised enough for the challenge of taking the Golden Eagles back to the title.
He’s averaging 8.3 points and 1.8 rebounds and has a 3:2 assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s 30-of-44 inside the three-point line (68.1%), 28-of-73 behind the line (38.4%). That’s 49.6% overall from the floor. He’s made 14-of-16 (87.5%) from the FT line.
Steigenga added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals to his 19 points.
Steigenga is 52 points (Jared Crandall, 2772) and 139 rebounds (Jim Eppink, 1231 at Grand Rapids Baptist College) from gaining the top spot in career numbers. He stayed positioned at #4 in scoring with 2720 points, just five points behind Scott O’Day for third (2725) and 28 behind Jim Eppink for second (2748). He also stayed at #4 in rebounds with 1092, just two rebounds behind John Jonker for third (1094), 16 behind Mike Angus for second (1108).
Dominez Burnett’s WHAC record of 2858 points in 140 games at Davenport from 2012-2016 and Jeff Gulleckson’s 1224 rebounds from 1997-2001 at Siena Heights also in range for Steigenga.
The Golden Eagles travel to Concordia (7-11 overall, 4-7 WHAC) on Saturday afternoon.
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