Alma Men's Basketball defeats Kalamazoo in a close match 80-78
A two-handed slam dunk by Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich. /Escanaba) with eight seconds remaining in the game gave the Scots the 80-78 victory over Kalamazoo College in the 2011-12 season-finale. The win gave the team a final record of 9-16 and 5-9 in the MIAA, while the Hornets concluded their season with a mark of 8-17 overall and 3-11 in the league.
Senior Tommy Erickson slams home the winning dunk against Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon
"I guess it was a fitting way to end with another close game," said Alma Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "Obviously I am really happy that the final score turned out in our favor for this one. What an incredible last possession for us to end the game with a dunk. I am very proud of how our kids competed all year and extremely proud of how our two seniors finished our their collegiate careers today."
After senior day ceremonies, Kalamazoo jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes and led by as many as ten at 20-10 with 10:52 left in the half. The game was tied twice in the first frame, the last being when Jr. G Greg Silverthorn (Shepherd, Mich./Shepherd) hit a lay-up to make the score 28-28 at the 3:26 mark. The Hornets went on a 7-0 run and eventually took a 35-32 lead into halftime.
Cory Schneider drives to the basket in his last collegiate game on Saturday
Alma had a one-point lead at 41-40 when Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./CC Crystal) hit a three-pointer at 17:35. But, the Hornets were a determined bunch on this day and built the lead back up to nine at 60-51 with 8:32 to go.
A 19-8 run over the next five minutes gave Alma the 70-68 lead, and after two more ties in the game, a free throw by Jr. F Lance Jongekrig (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) gave the home team a 73-72 advantage that they would not relenquish.
Erickson's dunk gave the Scots the two point lead and a last second effort by the Hornets came up short, giving the home team the win. Silverthorn led Alma with 18 points, while Erickson had 16 and added eight rebounds. Schneider finished the afternoon with 11 points and a team-high 10 boards.