The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team lost a close game to No.15 Ancilla College Friday as they fell short six points, 76-82.
The last time GRCC played Ancilla, they lost by five in overtime, 87-92.
GRCC came out in the first half ready to win, but fizzled out in the second.
Head Coach Luke Bronkema thought the offensive side of the court was part of their reason for not winning the game.
“We didn’t shoot as well,” Bronkema said. “We came out and a lot of our shots just rimmed out. We took a lot of decent shots, we just didn’t knock them down.”
Defensively, the Raiders struggled with stopping Ancilla from scoring.
“We’ve got to stop more on defense,” said Sophomore Guard Jeff Drake-Todd. “We can always score, but we have to be able to stop the ball as well. We just need to stop the ball.”
The shots weren’t falling, but the dagger came from the 19 points Ancilla had from free throws versus GRCC who only had six with none in the first half.
“We ran a continuous ball screen offense for most of the night which lends itself to the defense fouling,” Bronkema said. “We weren’t able to get those calls tonight and we put them on the free throw line a lot. It’s awfully difficult to win when you give up 19 points off free throws and you only get six.”
Energy was not a problem for GRCC, however.
“We had pretty good energy,” Bronkema said. “I think they were not quite as loose, not as focused tonight, but we had pretty good energy overall.”
Statistically, the team did not play as well as they have had in previous games.
In points, Drake-Todd finished with 19, followed by Freshman Guard Zach Pangborn with 18 and Sophomore Guard Arthur Pearson with 15. For assists, Drake-Todd led the way with eight, with Freshman Guard Darron Ewing Jr. earning three and Freshman Forward Corey Jones and Pearson ending with two.
In rebounds, Sophomore Center Max Prendergast grabbed a team high of 10. Following him in rebounds was Drake-Todd with seven and Jones with six.
For the team’s next game, they will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, against Kellogg Community College, 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek.