It was another overtime victory for the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders men’s basketball team Friday night against the third ranked Glen Oaks Community College Vikings, ending the opposing team’s 20-game winning streak with a score of 105-103.
This was the Raiders’ second straight overtime game. Unlike Wednesday’s win over Kellogg Community College, the Raiders were leading by three points with seconds remaining in regulation.
The Vikings’ James Sanders nailed a three point shot as time expired, sending the game into overtime tied up at 89. The Raiders watched a 20 point lead crumble halfway through the second half. The Raiders helped the Vikings’ comeback by missing 18 free throws. The Vikings turned up the defensive pressure by using a full court press to rally against the Raiders.
“Everything just began to snowball on us offensively,” said Head Coach. T.J. Carnegie. “They’re a really good team, and they got hot down the stretch.”
In overtime, the Raiders traded baskets with the Vikings. Freshman guard Deontae Hudson made both free throws to give the Raiders the lead with eight seconds remaining. The Vikings’ Tyler Bell missed the game-winning three point shot as time expired in overtime.
The Raiders had six players in double figures and three players had double-doubles.
Sophomore forward Alex Mustert finished the game with his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Hudson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and freshman forward Daryl White finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Raiders also had contributions from Kevin Badger with 16 points, Willie Duke with 14 points and Devin Longoria with 12 points.
“So many people stepped up for us,” Carnegie said. “It was a team effort, and that’s what we need to do to win games like this.”
The Raiders’ next game will be Feb. 13 against the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks at 7:30 P.M. in Gordon Hunsburger Arena.