The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders squared off against the Mott Community College Bears Tuesday and walked out of Ford Fieldhouse victorious with a 88-76 win.
The Raiders followed up their dominating performance in their home opening win against Aquinas Junior Varsity by winning a sloppy game, filled with turnovers, in convincing fashion.
Shooting from the free-throw-line has been a weapon for the Raiders, as they move to 2-0 on the season, shooting 92.9 percent (26-28).
Sophomore Guard Anthony McIntosh led the way for the Raiders in scoring 24 points, with 16 of those points coming from the free-throw-line.
“I feel we had to push it to get more tempo on defense and offense,” McIntosh said after the game. “We played ‘D’ real good.”
McIntosh also pulled down six rebounds, but gave the ball away with seven turnovers.
“We want to slow it down on the fast break,” McIntosh said. “We want to make good passes, make simple passes.”
Head coach Luke Bronkema and his squad were satisfied with the win, but knows it could have been better.
“Just got to keep the energy positive,” Bronkema said. “Come back to practice tomorrow, and work on our half-court offense.”
Patience was the focal point of the game, and has been since Bronkema took over coaching the Raiders program last year. He said this year’s approach is similar to what he started last year..
“We want to take advantage of the fast-break situation, but we have to be smart enough to slow it down when it’s not there,” Bronkema said.
The Raiders put their undefeated record on the line against Schoolcraft College in the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Showcase on Friday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at KVCC.