On Thursday evening, the Alma College basketball teams hosted the first annual Throwdown in A-Town at Art Smith Arena. In front of over 650 students, the midnight madness takeoff was a huge success and fun was had by all in attendance.
The event began at 10:45 p.m. and continued into Friday morning but nobody cared about the lateness in hour. Activities included three-point contests, an entertaining dunk contest and performances by the school's cheerleading team and the drum-line. In addition, both teams entered the court under the glare of a spotlight and then were introduced to the crowd.
Prizes were given out and the complimentary pizza from the downtown eatery Pizza One was a big hit as the students left the building.
"We really wanted to get our campus involved with the basketball programs, especially the Greek system," said Scots Men's Head Coach Sam Hargraves. "My hope is that the students understand how much of an influence they can have on the outcome of a game by the energy they bring. Our job is to give them a team they can be proud of and that is exciting to watch."
"It has become a non-written tradition for college basketball programs to have an event like this. A great turnout came tonight, got some free stuff, and had some laughs together. We thank everyone involved for making the night a huge success."
The men begin play on November 5 when they play an exhibition at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Alma's first regular game is against Capital University in the Wheaton (Ill.) Tournament on November 16.
Women's hoops begins action on November 16 at the North Central College (Ill.) Tournament when the Scots take on St. Mary's College (Minn.).