On Friday evening, the Scots Men's Basketball team opened their 2012-13 season with a game against Capital University (Ohio) at Wheaton College (Ill.). Alma dropped a spirited 83-73 decision to Capital and will next play Wheaton on Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m.
"I'm really happy with our effort tonight as we knew Capital would play much more inspired after their loss to Wheaton on Thursday," said Alma Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "They are a veteran team and they played like it tonight. They made a big shot every time they had to and our defense was much better than you would think by looking at their shooting percentage.
"This game is something that we can definitely build on going forward into another very tough game against Wheaton."
The game was a tightly fought contest throughout much of the first half and the Scots held their last lead at 10-9 when Fr. C Charley Helmer (Six Lakes, Mich./Montabella) hit a bucket at the 15:08 mark. Capital would then take the lead and hold on for a 42-31 advantage heading into the break.
The final 20 minutes were very evenly played and the Scots cut the deficit to 45-40 just five minutes into the half. However, an 8-0 run ended any realistic chance for an Alma comeback and even though the Scots outscored Capital 42-41 in the half, they came up short in the end.
Jr. F Isiah Law (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), a transfer from Muskegon Community College, paced the Scots with 21 points and three steals in 36 minutes of his Scots debut. Fr. F DJ Beckman (Shelby, Mich./Shelby) had 11 points and four rebounds, while Fr. C Ivy Johnson (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) added nine points and a team-high six assists.
In addition, Jr. G Brandon Krause (Sanford, Mich./Meridian) tallied 10 points in the loss and Helmer finished with five rebounds and four total points.