The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders men’s and women’s basketball teams both picked up road victories on Saturday night against the Alpena Community College Lumberjacks.
The women’s team played first, and despite a four-hour bus ride to Alpena, Michigan, managed to pick up a convincing, 65-46 win.
Raider women’s head coach Dave Glazier expected the bus ride to cause a possible slow start, but was happy with how his team handled the adversity.
“I was pleased with our performance overall,” Glazier said. “We had a bit of a slow start, but that was a bit expected coming off a long bus ride. I felt our attention to offensive adjustments coupled with our defensive intensity was key.”
The Raiders had a good mix of sophomore leadership, and freshmen stepping up to be key contributors in the win.
“Hallee Breimayer (sophomore) led us with 21, of which 12 came on four three-pointers,” Glazier said. “Mady Miller (freshman) played well giving us 13 and then we got 10 from Mya Jordan (sophomore).”
Glazier highlighted one freshman who has now stepped up in multiple games and is showing the coaching staff what she can do.
“I was really impressed with everyone who came in off the bench tonight, especially Rayven Mondy who for the second straight game, gave us a couple clutch buckets,” Glazier said.
Mondy finished the game with seven points for the Raiders. The GRCC women’s basketball team improves to 5-2 on the young season. They will be in action on Tuesday, Dec. 4 when they visit the Aquinas College Junior Varsity Saints at 6 p.m.
The GRCC men’s basketball team played after the women, and they followed suit picking up an 87-80 win.
The Raiders hosted Alpena on Nov. 16 and beat them handily 115-85. Raider men’s head coach Luke Bronkema talked about Alpena seeming like a different team from the last time they played them.
“This is the second time that we’ve seen (Alpena), and it was a much different game at home,” Bronkema said. “They’re a much improved team, the game was a lot closer.”
Despite the game being closer and tightly contested, Bronkema thought his entire team played well, including players off the bench playing a big part due to the Raiders’ early foul trouble.
“I think overall, it was a great team win,” Bronkema said. “The guys stuck together. We had a few players get in foul trouble early, so we had some bench guys really step up and play big roles tonight. Our guys did a great job through the ups and downs of the game and continued with positive energy even when (Alpena) went on a few runs, so overall, a very exciting thing to see.”
The Raiders didn’t have anyone keeping official stats during the game, but Bronkema did say, “Sam (Ryans) was our leading scorer, and he was right around… we’re estimating 24.”
The Raider men are now 5-3 and have an entire week off before they host the Mott Community College Bears on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Aquinas College, located at 1700 Fulton St. E. in Grand Rapids. This will be the Raiders’ final off campus home game of the season. They will return to the Ford Fieldhouse on GRCC’s campus on Friday, Jan. 11 against the Lansing Community College Stars.