By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team used four players in double-digit scoring to defeat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 98-95 in overtime on Monday.
GRCC’s Calvin Ward III scored a game-high 29 points and totaled a teamhigh seven rebounds. DeMarkus Stuckey totaled 28 points, while teammate Gregory Fleming added 17 and Jeffrey Todd-Drake pitched in 12.
“I thought the kids played well down the stretch,” GRCC coach David Selmon said. “They didn’t give up, and I was very happy about that.”
In the overtime, GRCC led 94-93 with 26 seconds left, when Greg Fleming made two free-throws a 96-93 lead. KVCC missed a layup with 12 seconds left, before Calvin Ward two more free throws to clinch the game.
Davonte Harris led KVCC with 26 points.
“As a team we did some nice things out there defensively,” KVCC coach Matt Dennis said. “Offensively, we just turned the ball over too much and it led to GRCC opportunities.
“We made too many mistakes, and ultimately, it gave them the win.” The win gives GRCC a home National Junior College Athletic Association firstround playoff game on Tuesday at Ford Fieldhouse.