The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball came up short Friday night against Mid Michigan Community College, losing the game by 15, 72-87.
The team did not come into the game with energy and it caused the Raiders some issues to deal with on the hardwood.
“They’re energy outmatched us,” said Freshman Forward Corey Jones. “We came out in the first half and started off real slow and we couldn’t make any shots … they were just better than us in terms of energy.”
Even Head Coach Luke Bronkema was not happy with the energy his team had.
“They came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and we came out very flat like we were just going through the motions,” Bronkema said.
The Raiders had to deal with a team that came ready to win.
“They were hustling a lot more than us, they out rebounded us, they won all the small battles and even the 50/50 balls which helped them win,” Jones said.
The team did not shoot the ball well, finishing at 38 percent for the game..
“We need to make a lot more shots in order to win games,” Jones said. “If we can’t score then we can’t win.”
The first half seemed to put the Raiders in a hole that they couldn’t dig themselves out of.
“The first half was not good,” Bronkema said. “We scored 20 points in the first half, we were very flat, we took a lot of bad shots and guys were frustrated because we weren’t passing the ball around.”
Statistically, the Raiders did not put up great numbers in the first half. They shot the ball 31 times and only made eight, as well as shooting 2/8 from 3-point range. They did improve their shooting ability in the second half by shooting 50 percent, making 17 of 34.
Some standout performances for GRCC included Sophomore Guard Jeffrey Drake-Todd who finished with 17 points, making eight for eight from the free throw line and earning four assists. Also, Sophomore Guard Arthur Pearson finished with 15 points, earning four assists and stealing the ball three times. Freshman Guard Bryce Elliot shot well from 3-point range, finishing 4-6 and earning 12 points.
Positivity will be the focus for the Raider going forward.
“We’re gonna get to work on Monday, try to get some positive energy and a good practice going,” Bronkema said. “We’ll bring the same thing on Tuesday and then hopefully we’ll be able to bring better energy on Wednesday.”
The next game for the men’s team will be at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Jackson College.