Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to Spalding

Men's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to Spalding

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Adrian College men's basketball lost a heartbreaker in the final minute to Spalding in game two of the St. Andrews Products Classic by a score of 59-58 on Saturday, Dec. 22.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Spalding 59, Adrian 58

Location: Angola, Ind. (MTI Center)

Records: Adrian 3-6, Spalding 4-7

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian jumped out to a quick start, opening a 10-0 lead in the game's first three minutes. The Bulldogs continued to apply pressure and had the lead up to 14-2 before Spalding started to crawl back. AC lost the lead with just over eight minutes to play in the first half and the rest of the opening 20 minutes was neck-and-neck. Ultimately it was the Black and Gold that finished on top at the end of the first, holding a 32-28 lead over the Golden Eagles.

The Bulldogs held the lead for the majority of the second half before Spalding came back again, taking a one-point lead with three minutes remaining in the contest. Each team would pick up two points before the Bulldogs missed the potential game-tying free throw on the front-end of a one-and-one with a second remaining on the clock.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs' defense played well. The 59 points allowed is the second-fewest Adrian has allowed al season. The Black and Gold also forced 18 turnovers, leading to 23 points from those turnovers.

TOP DOGS

• Junior forward Jeremy Kalonji led the Bulldogs in points and rebounds, scoring 24 points and collecting six boards. Half of Kalonji's points came from beyond the arc.

• Sophomore guard Jordan Harris was the only other Adrian player with double-digit points, dropping in 15.

THE OPPOSITION

• Marcus Montgomery led Spalding with 19 points, including going three of four from deep.

• Troy Amanor led the Golden Eagles in rebounds with nine and was second in points, with 13.

UP NEXT

Adrian is back in action next weekend at the Mount Union Holiday Classic. The Bulldogs will face Thomas More on Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. before closing out 2018 with a match against host Mount Union on Saturday at 3 p.m.