The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Men’s Basketball team opened the season against the Aquinas College Junior Varsity Saints with a dominating win, 96-69 in Gordon Hunsberger Arena Thursday.
The Raiders came out of the gates hot by jumping out to a 10-point lead then continuing to press the gas pedal as they went into the locker room leading 55-39. GRCC shot 45.9 percent (17-37) from the field in the first half and 50 percent (5-10) from the 3-point line and an astounding 80 percent (16-20) from the free-throw line.
Freshman Guard Anthony McIntosh led all scorers with 15 points off the bench in the first half and finished the game with 19. Sophomore Guard Darron Ewing, Jr. led the Raiders in scoring for the game with 20 points meanwhile Freshman Guard Zane Draper led all scorers with 24 points for the Saints.
“I felt like we did good tonight,” Ewing said after the game. “We worked hard as a team and played hard on defense, we got a lot of key stops, some great rebounds, and my teammates played well together tonight.”
Head coach Luke Bronkema rejoiced in the win, but knows there is a lot of room for improvement, “I felt good about a lot of the stuff we saw tonight,” Bronkema said. “We have a ways to go, but we saw a lot of good things tonight.”
Bronkema’s biggest area for the team’s improvement is their discipline and focus. “We can always be more disciplined and focused,” Bronkema said. “We need our guys to get some game experience, we have a lot of new guys trying to gel together.”
The Raiders’ next game is Tues., Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. against Mott Community College at the Ford Fieldhouse.