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GCU Men’s Club Basketball White Drops Back-to-Back Contests

GCU Men's Basketball
November 5, 2021

Photo Credits: Alexis Emerson

By: Giovanni Hicks/ GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

 GCU Purple also loses in heartbreaking fashion

“We have a team that can beat anybody,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Lamont Lane. “When we lose, we defeat ourselves.”

After getting off to a hot 2-0 start, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Basketball White team fell in back-to-back games this week, evening their record at 2-2.  The Lopes lost, 55-42, to Bella Vista Prep at the Canyon Activities Center on Tuesday before taking a 91-70 loss at Phoenix College on Wednesday. The Lopes’ Purple team narrowly fell to PowerHouse Hoops Fire by two points on Tuesday night, putting their record at 1-1.

Tuesday: Bella Vista Prep 55, GCU White 42

The Lopes got off to a slow start against Bella Vista, going without a field goal in the first four minutes of the game. The Lopes salvaged some points at the free throw line, though, cashing in seven of seven attempts in the first five minutes. GCU broke their shooting drought with a three-pointer from Mason Petersen and caught a rhythm from there, exiting the half leading Bella Vista, 31-27.

In the second half, GCU lacked paint presence, and Bella Vista took advantage of that. After Lopes’ center Elyon Zevenbergen got into foul trouble, Bella Vista attacked the basket and took a 40-37 lead with 12 minutes left. The Lopes never got the lead back.

“We lacked energy and fight in the second half,” said Lane. “Bella Vista was driving the lane trying to score, while we were driving the lane looking to get fouled. That was the main difference tonight.”

Tuesday: PHH Fire 42, GCU Purple 40

After winning their season opener by only 5 points, GCU Purple found themselves in their second nailbiter of the year. Although undersized, GCU’s stellar defense kept PHH from pulling away, staying within two points at halftime. Both squads traded buckets throughout the second half. Ahead by three with two seconds left, the Fire committed a foul to stop GCU’s game-tying play, sending Lopes’ guard Steven Culvard to the line with four-tenths of a second left. After making the first, Culvard tried to miss the second attempt intentionally in hopes of snagging the rebound and tying the game, but the rebound went out of bounds.

“These close games are what basketball is all about,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Caleb Smith. “It’s hard to be on the losing side of these situations, but it also helps us learn and improve for the future.”

GCU White will face off against Justice College on November 9 at 7 pm at the Canyon Activities Center, immediately followed by GCU Purple playing Southwestern Assemblies of God University at 8 pm.

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