GRCC men’s basketball shoots well offensively, beat KVCC

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Grand Rapids Community College basketball.

The GRCC men’s basketball team defeated Kalamazoo Valley Community College Wednesday, Jan. 25, 88-74. They are now 10-7 and 3-4 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Head Coach Luke Bronkema wasn’t “happy with the effort” on the player’s part, but was still glad to get the win.

“I didn’t feel like we played with a lot of intensity, but anytime you can go on the road and win, it’s a great thing,” Bronkema said.

The Raiders were saved by making a lot of their shots and moving the ball on offense.

“Offensively, we’ve been trying to improve on getting better ball movement,” Bronkema said. “We were able to pass the ball around tonight and get good looks on the basket.”

Statistically, the Raiders shot 45 percent from field goal and 3-point range in the win, with KVCC shooting less at 40. GRCC grabbed 45 rebounds in the game, with KVCC grabbing less at 38. Staying out of foul trouble, GRCC only picked up 16 fouls throughout the game and KVCC picking up more with 29. GRCC would capitalize on that with shooting 72 percent from the line and earning 26 points because of it.

Sophomore Guard Jeffrey Drake-Todd led the Raiders in points with 29, followed by Freshman Guard Zachary Pangborn with a career high of 21. Sophomore Forward AJ Whitaker ended with a double-double of points and rebounds both at 10, with his 10 rebounds leading the GRCC squad. Arthur Pearson would come close in rebounds to Whitaker, with Pearson picking up eight in the game. In assists, Pearson led the way with six. There was a three way tie for second in assists with Freshmen players Corey Jones (F), Bryce Elliot (G) and Drake-Todd with two.

The team’s next game will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, against Mid Michigan Community College.

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