The Scots Men's Basketball team hit the road on Tuesday evening when they traveled to Ferris State for a non-league contest and dropped a hard-fought 75-62 decision to the Division II Bulldogs. Alma is now 2-5 on the 2011-12 season, while the Bulldogs finished the game with an overall record of 5-3 thus far this season.
"We played a great game against a very talented team for about 34 minutes, then we lost our composure," said Scots Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "We still have a long way to go in the defensive rebounding department. Hopefully it is something we can fix, and I think we will learn from this game as far as handling pressure and playing with a lead."
It can often times be declared a cliche when the statement "the final score does not tell the true story of the game" is uttered, but in the case of Tuesday night's game, it certainly is the truth. The Scots jumped out to an big early lead, hung in there through the Bulldogs' runs and still had it a two possession game with just 2:40 remaining.
The Scots scored the first eight points of the game and took an 11-1 lead when Jr. F Lance Jongekrijg (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) hit a free throw 5:12 into the game. As expected, Ferris State climbed back into, only to have Alma take a 23-12 advantage at the 7:34 mark, when So. F Sam Clancy (Port Austin, Mich./North Huron) converted a lay-up.
The Bulldogs outscored the Scots by a margin of 14-7 for the rest of the half, but the visitors walked off the court at halftime with a lead of 30-26.
The pesky Scots did not melt away in the second half, building their lead back up to nine points, at 43-34, when Jr. F Tyler DeLap (Carson City, Mich./Carson City Crystal) drained a three-pointer at the 14:31 mark. However, the Bulldogs would slowly cut into the advantage. Finally, after two free throws with 7:27 remaining, they took their first lead of the game at 50-49.
The Bulldogs built a lead as high as 11 points before a 5-0 Alma run, culminated by a Jongekrijg three-pointer, cut the Scots' deficit to 66-60 with 2:40 left in the game. But, that is the closest the visitors could come, and the home team fought off a very spirited upset attempt by the Scots, as Ferris State earned the 75-62 win.
Sr. F Tommy Erickson (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) led a balanced Alma offensive attack with 12 points, while Clancy and Jr. G Chris Williamson (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) each had nine points. Sr. G Cory Schneider (Carson City, Mich./Carson City Crystal) had team highs in rebounds and assists with five and three respectively.