Daytona Beach, Fla. - The Alma College men's basketball team suffered an 86-80 setback on Thursday (Dec. 21) evening to Bates College (ME) as the Scots and Bobcats played the final game of the 2017 Sport Tours Daytona Beach Shootout at the Ocean Center.
Sophomore Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) led Alma (3-6 overall) with a season-high 20 points and made all eight of his shots from the free-throw line as the Scots made a season-best 76 percent of their attempts from the stripe. Sophomore Luke Lamoreaux (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson) also scored a season-high 12 points, making four of his six shots and both of his free throws.
Juniors Doug Bradfield (Mason, Mich./Mason) and Kevin Gamble (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Sacred Heart) were also in double-figures, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bradfield tied a season-high with four blocks, while senior Kevin Scheibert (Sanford, Mich./Sanford-Meridian) pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Bates (6-3) was led by Nick Lynch's 18 points and 13 rebounds.
How It Happened
- In the first half, Alma opened up a 10-point lead less than seven minutes into the game after the Scots went on a 13-3 run that included eight points from Kevin Gamble. Bates responded with a run of its own, outscoring Alma 22-5 to go up by seven points at 28-21 with 8:12 to play.
- The Bobcats led by as many as nine points at 32-23 with 6:21 left, but Alma closed out the half with an 8-3 spurt, including six points by Ryan Stevens to trail by a 35-31 margin at the break.
- In the second half, Alma took the lead with 15:35 to play on a three-pointer by Luke Lamoreaux, then built a three-point advantage at 42-39 thanks to a pair of free throws by Stevens. With Alma ahead, by two points, Bates went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-point lead and gain a 56-44 advantage with 10:26 to play.
- The Scots got within four points with five minutes left, but the Bobcats kept Alma at bay the rest of the game, converting 14 of their 16 shots from the free-throw line down the stretch.
- The Scots have scored 80 or more points in five of their last six games.
- Alma's .760 (19-25) from the free-throw line was a season-high and marked the most free-throws made by the Scots this season.
- Alma collected a season-high 49 rebounds and out-rebounded Bates by a 49-35 margin.
- Ryan Stevens' 20 points was a season-high, while his seven rebounds was also a season-best. In addition, Stevens' 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line was a career-high. He is 13-for-14 from the free throw line over his last four games.
- Luke Lamoreaux's 12 points marked a season-best and the first time this season he has scored in double-figures. He made a season-high two three-pointers and two free-throws.
- Kevin Gamble tied a season-high with seven rebounds and posted double-figure scoring for the third straight game. Gamble has scored 10 points in each of his last three appearances and has reached double-figures in six of his last seven games.
- Doug Bradfield tied a season-high with four blocks and reached double-figures for the fourth straight contest, scoring 11 points. Bradfield has also scored 10 or more points in six of his last seven appearances.
The Scots will play in the E.M. "Mose" Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, following Christmas. Alma will face Emory & Henry College (VA) on December 29 and then either Worchester Polytechnic Institute (MA) or the host Fighting Scots on December 30.