GRCC men’s basketball beats Kellogg CC 81-61, will play Kalamazoo CC next...

GRCC men’s basketball beats Kellogg CC 81-61, will play Kalamazoo CC next Wednesday

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The GRCC men’s basketball team defeated Kellogg Community College Friday, Jan. 20, 81-61. They have now improved to 3-2 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association western conference and are 9-7 overall.

GRCC Sophomore Guard Arthur Pearson led both teams in points with 22. He also finished with three steals, three rebounds and two assists. Following him in points was Freshman Forward Corey Jones with 11, while finishing with 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Leading the team in assists was Sophomore Guard Jeffrey Drake-Todd with four. He also finished with 10 points, four steals and two rebounds.

Sophomore Guard, #1, Arthur Pearson drives to the lane and scores an easy lay up for GRCC.Morgan Brown - GRCC Fieldhouse Photographer
Sophomore Guard, #1, Arthur Pearson drives to the lane and scores an easy lay up for GRCC.

Head Coach Luke Bronkema was pleased with the way his team performed in the game, specifically on the offensive side.

“Offensively, we had the well-rounded team effort that we were looking for,” Bronkema said. “Hopefully we can build on this and take this into next week. (There was) a lot of ball movement and it was fun to watch.”

The team is becoming “more coachable,” Bronkema said. “The leaders on our team, so AP (Arthur Pearson) and Jeff know that we’re right there on the edge of being a top-of-the-conference team caliber team and we just need to keep building everyday. The fact that they’re coachable and they’re working on their game to make the team better is big for our team.”

Sophomore Guard, #3, Jeffrey Drake-Todd shoots the floater for two points against Kellogg CC.Morgan Brown - GRCC Fieldhouse Photographer
Sophomore Guard, #3, Jeffrey Drake-Todd shoots the floater for two points against Kellogg CC.

The team “was able to be patient on offense,” Bronkema said, with the team shooting well and taking good looks. They finished the game shooting 53.6 percent from field goal range compared to Kellogg CC who shot just 30.6 percent on the night.

The Raiders will continue playing all conference games until the end of their regular season. Their next game will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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