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Hope College Friday Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Top Lake Forest At Holland Sentinel/Russ DeVette Tournament

Guard Alex Eidson scored 14 points and forward Harrison Blackledge added a career-high 13 points as the Hope men’s basketball team beat Lake Forest (Ill.) 78-66 on Friday night at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The Flying Dutchmen (3-4 overall) advanced to Saturday’s 3 p.m. championship game of the Holland Sentinel/Russ DeVette Tournament.

Hope will play third-ranked Illinois Wesleyan (8-1), which was a 75-66 winner vs. Wilmington (Ohio) in Friday’s first semifinal.

Friday’s home opener drew 2,324 for the Flying Dutchmen, who have led NCAA Division III in home attendance the past 11 seasons.

“We never once take it for granted, but doggone it sure is good to be back here,” Hope coach Matt Neil said. “I still believe that our fans are the best fans in America. It is so nice to come here. Without students, to have a pretty full house (at) 2,324 on a night we don’t have students and it’s an ice storm, that’s the dedication people have for Hope basketball.”

Eidson, a sophomore from Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS), also grabbed six rebounds against Lake Forest (3-6).

Blackledge, a freshman from Canton, Ohio (Hoover HS), scored most of his offense from the foul line. He made 11-of-13 free-throw attempts.

The Flying Dutchmen also received nine points apiece from sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), and junior guard Corey McMahon of Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS).

Senior forward Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) and sophomore forward Brock Benson of Willowbrook, Ill. (Hinsdale South HS) scored eight points apiece for Hope.

Illinois Wesleyan received a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds from Andrew Ziemink, 13 from Michael Mayberger off the bench and 12 points from Pat Sodemann against Wilmington (4-4).

R.J. Leppert’s 13 points topped Wilmington, which will play Lake Forest at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the consolation game.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Beat Eastern, Pa., At RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic

Forward Rebekah Llorens scored a game-high 18 points to lead the nationally ranked Hope women’s basketball team to a 74-61 win against Eastern, Pa., on Friday in Orlando, Fla.

The Flying Dutch improved to 10-0 overall as they advanced to Saturday’s 3 p.m. championship game of the RDV Sportsplex D3 Classic.

Hope will play Wisconsin-La Crosse, a 70-56 winner against Mount Aloysius, Pa. in Friday’s first semifinal.

The Flying Dutch are ranked No. 2 in USA Today Sports NCAA Division III Coaches poll and No. 5 by d3hoops.com. Wisconsin-La Crosse, from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, brings in a 6-4 record.

Against Eastern, Hope took control by outscoring the Eagles 43-28 during the first half.

Llorens, a junior from Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central HS), scored 12 points to spark the Flying Dutch. She sank 6-of-7 foul shots and 3-of-6 field-goal attempts before halftime and added three more field goals during the second half.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central, chipped in nine points off the bench for Hope.

Starting forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) scored eight points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for the Flying Dutch.

Eastern (4-5) received 16 points from Kaitlyn Dougherty. The Eagles will play Mount Aloysius (3-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game.

Wisconsin La Crosse was led by two double-digit scorers —Mallory Cramer with a team-high 16 points and 10 from Jenna Anderson.

Mount Aloysius received 20 points from Lindsey Sammarco and 16 from Becky Bard.

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