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GRCC men lose sixth in a row to Muskegon Community College 106-73


Andy McDonald – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball lost its sixth-straight game to Muskegon Community College 106-73.

GRCC started off the game strong and built a 10-point lead, but after an early first half timeout taken by the Jayhawks, MCC rallied to take the lead and never looked back.

Coach Spicer seemed to be open to any ideas of how to change the play of the team.

“I would be willing to hold an open tryout and bring in a whole new group of guys, that’s where my mind is at right now, I’ve never been this frustrated,” Spicer said.

There were signs of life from the from the team early, but they couldn’t keep the energy up throughout the entire game.

“We started the game really well, but then we kinda fell back to some of our old habits,” GRCC Coach Michael Spicer said. “We seemed to be getting away from those habits more in the last game against Glen Oaks, but tonight we let some of the old stuff creep back in such as selfishness and lack of effort.”

GRCC only had two players finish in double-digit scoring. Andre Pratcher had 13 points and shot 50 percent from the field, while Abdul McGraw also had 13 points adding three steals.

Kevin Marcus Jr. only had six points, but played more minutes than normal, and towards the end of the game threw down a one-handed dunk that sent some electricity through the crowd that hadn’t been there all night.

“Kevin played with the kind of energy and emotion that we should of played with all game,” Spicer said. “I was really happy for him. He played with the same effort tonight that he gives every day at practice, and it finally paid off for him.”

MCC never really had to feel any pressure throughout the game. After falling behind early, they came back in what seemed like no time and never gave GRCC any chance to get back in the game.

“We got a big lead and held it, which can sometimes be really hard to do,” MCC Coach Dave Schlump said. “We had a big lead at halftime, came out and played hard until the end of the game.”

The Jayhawks had four players put up double-figure scoring. Eddie Tornes lead the team in scoring with 22 points. Aaron Sydnor had 17 points with three assists and three steals, and also went 11 of 11 from the free-throw line. Mike Williams had 13 points with three steals, and Marcus Tumblin had 10 points.

Will Roberson Jr. only had eight points, but set up plays for his offense so it could run efficiently all game.

“We just did what we were supposed to do all night long and never took our foot off the pedal,” Roberson Jr. said. “We were knocking down shots and making all of the little plays that a championship kind of team makes.”

Coach Spicer said it would not be out of the question to see some changes for this team even this late in the year.

“At this point anything is possible,” Spicer said. “We could definitely make some changes to the starting lineup.”

“However, everyday is a new day, and we have to find a positive mindset and look to get better before the game on Friday night.”

GRCC (9-11, 2-8) will host Ancilla College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Ford Fieldhouse.


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