By Courtney Zenner – Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team was defeated by a tough Mott Community College team in their season opener at Mott CC, 78-97.
Sophomores Jeffrey Drake-Todd, guard, and Maxwell Pendergast, center, both finished with a double-double. Drake-Todd was the leading scorer for the Raiders, chipping in 23 points along with 10 rebounds.
Prendergast added 13 points and, a game high, 12 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Arthur Pearson finished with 18 points.
“We stuck together as team and didn’t fold up when adversity hit,” said Head Coach Luke Bronkema. “We kept fighting and played well as a team … Offensively we weren’t as patient as we should be. We shot 37 percent from the field and that’s something we need to improve on.”
Mott shot 52 from the field, with their star Freshman guard Dander Wilson, previously from No. 5 nationally ranked Blanche Ely high school (FL), scoring 36 points on the night.
“Down the line we want to try and keep teams under 45 (percent shooting from field goal range). Overall we didn’t put a complete defensive game together,” Bronkema said.
Mott is known for having successful basketball program, winning four national championships since 2003.
“I think we played good,” said Drake-Todd. “We just need to work more through our offense, getting better shots and getting back on defense and playing solid defense.”
The next game for the men’s team will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, against Cornerstone University JV at Cornerstone University, 1001 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids MI.