Grizzlies fall to fast-starting Lopers
Ingbretson scores career-high 19 to lead ASC effort
KEARNEY, Neb.— Sophomore guard Nate Ingbretson (Castle Rock, Colo.) scored a career-high 19 points, 15 of which came from 3-point territory, but watched the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers get 24 points from Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Drake Beranek as the Adams State College Grizzly men’s basketball team dropped their seventh straight game, 89-56 to the Lopers Sunday night here in UNK’s Health & Sports Center.
The Lopers also had three other players in double figures and shot 54.8 percent (34-62) from the field while holding the Grizzlies to just a 33.8 percent (22-65) shooting effort as they improved to 4-6 overall and to 2-2 in conference action.
The Grizzlies, who had lost three of their last four games by single points, are now 2-8 overall and still looking for their first conference win at 0-4 in the loop.
Ingbretson was a respectable 7-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-11 from 3-point land in the game. However, the rest of the Grizzly squad went 0-for-12 from beyond the arc as the Lopers never trailed while building a 37-10 lead with still 5:27 left in the first half.
The Grizzlies did go on a 13-2 run over the last 5:02 of the half but still trailed by 16 (39-23) at the break.
They then got within 13 on an Ingbretson trey to begin the second half and again on a Sean Amos (Philadelphia, Pa.) bucket moments later but would be no closer as a the Lopers went on a 17-7 run later in the period to build a 27-point cushion.
Leading by 25 with still more than three minutes left, the Loper bench then poured in on down the stretch as the hosts went on another 11-0 run to build as much as a 36-point lead in the game’s final minute.
Beranek was just 8-for-19 from the field but also hit a trio of 3-point shots while receiving plenty of help from his teammates, especially Max Froehlich who scored 18 points while dishing out a game-best eight assists. Chris Deans was also in double figures for UNK with 11 points while Beau Baker scored 16 points on a 7-for-11 shooting effort off the bench.
Ingbretson was the only Grizzly with 10 or more points although sophomore forward Seth Heinbaugh (Prescott, Ariz.) finished with 11 rebounds and nine points while increasing his RMAC rebounding lead.
Amos and Vitor de Zoppa (Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil), ASC’s only two seniors, finished with eight points each.
The Grizzlies will now take more than a week off before returning to the floor for a Dec. 30 non-conference game against Grand Canyon (Ariz.). Tip-off with the 4-5 ‘Lopes is slated for 7 p.m. in Plachy Hall and can be heard live on KSPK-FM (104.1 in Alamosa) and via the internet at www.kspk.com.