The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team defeated Lake Michigan College Wednesday, Jan. 13, 87-72. They improved their overall record to 7-8 and conference record to 2-3.
Statistically, the team played well with Sophomore Guard Jeffrey Drake-Todd leading the team in points with 30, followed by guards Freshman Guard Zachary Pangborn and Sophomore Arthur Pearson who both finished with 11. In assists, Drake-Todd led the way with nine and Pearson finished second on the team with four. For rebounds, Drake-Todd led the way with 14 and Freshman Guard Corey Jones finished with 10.
The team grabbed offensive rebounds in the first half, which allowed for second chance points and helped them achieve a 33-19 lead. Head Coach Luke Bronkema was happy with the way the team rebounded, but said, “there were several things we did that led to the win tonight.”
One of those things included Drake-Todd’s play.
“Jeff had a great game,” Bronkema said about Drake-Todd, who finished with one assist away of a triple double: 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. “Anytime you have a player show up like that and shoot 50 percent from the field … that really helps win games.”
Not only did Drake-Todd help GRCC win, but the team shot well, shooting 46 percent from field goal range and 35 percent from 3-point range.
“Other than getting our free throw up from 67 (percent), offensively, we played one of our better games,” Bronkema said. “Ball movement was great, guys fed off each other offensively and outside of the first five minutes, guys were playing unselfishly. The ball was moving and that was always a good thing.”
Momentum will be vital for the team as all of their regular season games from here on out are conference games and the key to keeping that momentum will be “having guys feeding off each other, so getting assists up,” Bronkema said.
The team will look to play Ancilla College (IN) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Ancilla College and improve their record to an even 8-8.