GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A day removed from a draining, 75-73 victory over rival, Northland International, the Maranatha Crusaders traveled to Grand Rapids, to face the Kuyper Cougars, where the team would suffer a 111-72 loss.
Kuyper’s firepower was simply too much, shooting 60% from the field in the first half, and 56% in the game, with 24 points from Kyle Hoek (Jenison, MI), and double-digit scoring from five different players. The Cougars’ Mike Kragt (Grandville, MI) posted 16 points, while Sal Hermiz (Warren, MI) pieced together a double-double, at 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Maranatha, despite a sluggish performance against the 6th-ranked team in Division II, still had four players with at least 10 points, as the Moses brothers each posted 13 points, and Brett Cashner (Urbana, IL), and Zach Terpstra (Barron, WI) contributed 11 and 10 points respectively.
Kuyper did not hold a large advantage on the boards, with a 48-43 edge, but primarily in bench points, outgaining Maranatha, 43-25.
While both teams were evenly matched in trips to the free throw line, the Cougars fared much better, primarily in the first half, hitting 83% of their attempts and 75% in the second half. Maranatha went to the line 26 times, but converted on 57% of their attempts.
Maranatha looks to an away game against Wisconsin Lutheran, in Milwaukee, WI, on Thursday, February 13, to regain their winning form, having eclipsed last season’s win total with their seventh win on Friday.
Maranatha had won four out of five, coming into Saturday’s matchup with Kuyper.