Men's Basketball drops 65-54 decision to host Spalding University in final game of Thanksgiving tournament

The Alma Men's Basketball team concluded their Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday when the played host Spalding University. The Scots dropped a 65-54 decision to the Golden Eagles in the third place game and are now 2-4 on the 2011-2012 season.

"Today was the first game we didn't really compete as hard as we need to," said Alma Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "It was a classic example of a day two let down after a pretty competitive effort the night before. Our opponent today was too good to expect to win playing that way. We have a lot to work on defensively."

Poor shooting in the first half put the Scots into a hole from which they could not escape. After a 2-2 score early, Alma found themselves down by 17, at 24-7 with 8:07 remaining. Even though the visitors kept fighting, the score after the first 20 minutes favored Spalding by a mark of 32-20.

As was the night before, Alma came out much more determined in the second half and twice cut the deficit to six points on buckets by Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba), the last being 42-36 on a dunk at 11:48. However, the closest the Scots could come was at 47-42, when Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./Carson City-Crystal) hit two free throws with 9:17 left in the game.

However, the Golden Eagles scored the next eight points in the following two minutes to put a clamp down on the Scots' comeback attempt. From that point, the home team methodically went about business and was able to walk off the court with the 65-54 victory.

Schneider led the Scots with 13 points, followed by So. F Sean Clancy (Port Austin, Mich./North Huron) with 12 and Erickson with 11 total points. Alma's next game is on December 6 at Ferris State University.

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