Bankers Classic highlights 2008-09 basketball schedules
ALAMOSA, Colo.— Aided by the generous support from four local banks and the Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau the Adams State College men’s and women’s basketball teams will each host 4-team tournaments on November 21 and 22, one of the many highlights of the upcoming 2008-09 schedule that begins with exhibition games this weekend.
The Adams State Bankers Classic, supported by 1st Southwest Bank, Alamosa State Bank, Rio Grande Savings & Loan and San Luis Valley Federal Bank, will feature both Grizzly teams in the 2-day, 8-game tournament in Plachy Hall. Games begin at 1 p.m. each day with the Grizzly squads taking the floor at 6 (women) and 8 p.m. (men) each night.
The Grizzly men, coming off a NCAA Division II era (1992-93/Present) school record 18 wins, will face Colorado College and Cal State-Dominguez Hills in the tournament while the ASC women, which qualified for the RMAC Tournament for the first time in 13 years last season, will take on Lubbock Christian (Texas) and NCAA Division II powerhouse West Texas A&M. The Chadron State men and UC-Colorado Springs women will also participate and will face the same non-conference teams in reverse order.
Both Grizzly teams begin the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Oklahoma Panhandle State while the men, who play 13 total home games during the regular season, host their home-opener against West Texas A&M on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The ASC women will have 11 total home contests, including nine Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference affairs.
The exhibition portion of the seasons begin this week as the Grizzly women play Colorado State in the first of three games against in-state Division I opponents. Friday’s game at the Rams’ Moby Arena is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m. ASC then plays at Air Force on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and at Denver University on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Grizzly men begin their exhibition season on heading to Cedar City, Utah to face Division I Southern Utah in a Friday, November 7 exhibition game that tips-off at 7:30 p.m. Coach Mark Murdock’s team then travels back to Colorado to play at Colorado State the following night at 7 p.m.
Following the Adams State Banker’s Classic, the Grizzly women will play at tournaments hosted by UC-Colorado Springs and Colorado State-Pueblo on the next two weekends before beginning RMAC play at home against Metro State on Dec. 12 and Regis on Dec. 13. Third-year coach Kelly Kruger’s team then goes on the road to Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney before taking on Division I Wyoming on Dec. 30, their final non-conference game of the year.
ASC then plays seven of their 15 post-holiday contests at home.
The Grizzly men have a similar schedule but will take the weekend after Thanksgiving off before traveling to the Lone Star state to face Tarleton State and Huston Tillotson on Dec. 4 and 6, respectively.
They, like the women, then begin conference play at home against Metro State and Regis and go to Nebraska before hosting Grand Canyon (Ariz.) on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
ASC also completes the home-and-home series with West Texas A&M on Jan. 7 in Canyon, Texas before resuming RMAC action on Jan. 10 against UC-Colorado Springs, coached by Alamosa native and former Grizzly assistant coach Russ Caton.