The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Basketball team struggled to a 89-81 loss at the hands of the Lake Michigan College Redhawks Wednesday in Gordon Hunsberger Arena, giving the Redhawks the sweep of the Women’s-Men’s doubleheader, the Redhawks women’s team won the early matchup of the evening, besting the Raiders, 64-59.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 3-2 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association play, and 11-5 overall on the campaign.
“I think we could’ve been better defensively,” said Raiders Head Coach, Luke Bronkema, in a post-game interview. “They hit quite a few shots in the first half. We stayed relatively poised, we made a little comeback effort at the end.”
Bronkema addressed the Raiders’ underlying issue and his main explanation for the loss.
“The bottom line is, we didn’t play 40 minutes of solid basketball,” Bronkema said. “We had too many gaps in our defensive effort.”
Freshman Forward, Diego Robinson, notched a double-double against the Redhawks. Robinson secured 18 rebounds and tied the team lead in scoring with Sophomore Guard, Anthony MacIntosh, with 18 points.
Robinson played one of the gutsiest games and showed a lot of heart, and leadership, trying to lead his team back.
“It can motivate them,” Robinson said about his teammates. “Seeing me playing hard and showing effort can maybe put a fire under them. I just try to go out there and play, I don’t lead by talking, I lead by playing hard.”
Robinson has never been one to worry about his individual numbers, he cares more about the well-being of his team than anything else.
“We all got to come together and play team ball,” Robinson said. “I don’t really care what I do, double-double or scoring-wise. As long as we get the win, that’s all I care about.”
Robinson’s effort was without question a highlight for the Raiders. The lowlight was the lack of effort and playing with heart from other players around Robinson.
“I think certain individuals did, but overall as a team, we did not,” Bronkema said. “We had a few guys that were out there on the floor and they were sleepwalking a bit at times. So we’ll have to try and make that change, and get ready to go on Saturday.”
Robinson, Bronkema and the Raiders look to bounce back as they travel to Ancilla College in Plymouth, Indiana for a 3 p.m. tip-off on Sat., Jan 20.