By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
In the first round of postseason play, the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team defeated Kalamazoo Valley Community College 84-83 Monday night at the Ford Fieldhouse.
The win for GRCC was its second in eight days versus the cougars.
In an exciting game that had both teams changing leads almost every time down the court, GRCC missed several shot opportunities and had two turnovers to find themselves down by eight points with 1:36 to go in the first half. Battling back with solid defense and a buzzer beating shot by GRCC’s DeMarkus Stuckey, the Raiders only trailed by three at the break, 50-47.
GRCC came out strong to start the second half with the offense controlling the tempo of the first minute and by manning up on defense, the Raiders found itself back in the game. Trailing by one with 15:46 to go in the game, Cameron Burhannon was fouled while sinking a 3-pointer and made the free throw to complete the four-point play and to give the Raiders a 55-52 lead.
“They strung their offense and defense together for the whole game and got us by one,” KVCC coach Matt Dennis said. “That took advantage of every opportunity.”
With 37 seconds to go and the Raiders leading by one GRCC’s DeMarkus Stuckey turned the ball over on a bad pass allowing KVCC’s Davonte Harris make a shot and put the Cougars ahead by one.
GRCC called a time-out with 15.6 seconds left when it was decided to get the ball into the hands of Cameron Burhannon. Burhannon sank a crossover turnaround jump shot from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds left to win the game for Raiders.
“We went to Cameron late in the game,” GRCC coach David Selmon said. “He is a sophomore and it was only fair we get the ball to him.”
Burhannon led all scorers with 30 points, while Greg Flemming added 24.
KVCC was led by Devonte Harris’s 24 points. Terry Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
GRCC will continue postseason play when they face no. 1 seeded Lake Michigan College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at tournament host Delta College in the district semifinal.