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Raiders struggle in 92-66 loss to Lake Michigan College

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Jill Rothwell |The Collegiate

Andy McDonald – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team was on the receiving end of a double-digit loss to the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks, 92-66, on Wednesday.

Head coach Mike Spicer had few words to say after the game, but he wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“Embarrassing,” Spicer said. “It was one of the worst efforts and performances I’ve ever seen. The effort was not there in either half.”

Despite a slight surge of effort late in the second half from the Raiders, cutting the Red Hawk lead down to 13, the game was never in GRCC’s control.

Claude Finley lead the way in scoring with 18 points and adding four rebounds and two steals. The only other GRCC player to finish in double-digit scoring was Andre Pratcher with 15 points, adding five boards and two steals.

Spicer said there was a lot to improve on in the future games, not just in play but the mental aspects as well.

“We need to improve on everything,” Spicer said. “Mainly some heart, some toughness, and unselfishness. We lack a lot on this team in those areas right now.”

Lake Michigan College coach Doug Schaffer thought his team took advantage of all the opportunities it was given tonight.

“Well the key was getting off to a really good start,” Schaffer said. “We took advantage of them having a tough shooting night and that gave us a lead most of the night, which gave us confidence throughout this ball game.”

The Red Hawks had five players finish in double-figure scoring. Terry Davis lead the way with 25 points and added six rebounds. John Robinson totaled 15 points, with seven rebounds. Michael Bush and Ja’Mare Washington each had 11 points. Darrell Ivy added 10 points.

Schaffer believes that with every game, the Red Hawks can learn something to get better.

“Every win is something to build off,” Schaffer said. “It’s just about getting better after every game and week by week until the end of the season, when you are hopefully playing your best basketball and continuing to find a way to win games.”

The Raiders (9-7, 2-4) have lost their last 4 of 5, and look to rebound against Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Saturday.