The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Basketball team defeated the Lansing Community College Stars, 84-73, on Wednesday in Gordon Hunsberger Arena.
The Raiders were in a dogfight early in the game, but the team gelled together and played well as a team.
“I think this was one of our best games playing together,” Head Coach Luke Bronkema said in a post-game interview. “I think the game before was one of our worst. I think that was a good learning opportunity and the guys, after watching the film, got to see it with their own eyes and decided it was time to play together.”
Bronkema’s team shot the ball well throughout the game shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from the perimeter.
Freshman forward Diego Robinson notched a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds on 7-8 shooting.
“I just went out there, played and had fun,” Robinson said post-game. “I played hard, just played my game, what I do every game. I don’t think about it.”
Bronkema was full of praise for Robinson’s efforts against the Stars.
“He had an absolutely amazing game,” Bronkema said. “He had a double-double, and also defended really well. He’s a Lansing kid, so when Lansing came in to town, I’m sure he had that on his mind a little bit.”
The Raiders were perfect 8-8 shooting from the free-throw line in the second half which was an improvement from shooting only 4-9in the first half. Those made free-throws gave the Raiders an advantage down the stretch when the Stars were closing the gap.
Points in the paint were where the Raiders gained the biggest advantage, outscoring the Stars 40-22 in the key.
The Raiders look to continue their great team play on the road to Glen Oaks Community College when they square off with the Vikings on Sat., Jan. 13, at 3 p.m.