The Grand Rapids Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams were both in action on Saturday afternoon as they traveled to Jackson, Michigan to face the Jackson College Jets.
The women’s team played first and were trying to rebound from their 82-45 loss to the 18th ranked Mid Michigan College Lakers on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they underperformed and dropped their second straight conference matchup, this time losing 58-39.
GRCC women’s head coach Dave Glazier didn’t think the team played up to par in the loss and mentioned what the team needs to work on going forward.
“Overall performance was not to the level we expect it to be,” Glazier said. “Specifically on the offensive end. We’ve got some kids struggling to see the ball go in right now – something we have to work on when we get back in the gym Monday.”
While Glazier was less than satisfied with his team’s offensive performance, he did praise the way the team played on the defensive end of the court throughout much of the game.
“Defensively, I felt we really bought in for about three and a half quarters,” Glazier said. “We stopped getting back in transition midway through the fourth quarter which led to them extending to a lead we just couldn’t overcome on a day we weren’t scoring the basketball.”
Despite the loss, some of the Raiders’ young players played important, energetic minutes that didn’t go unnoticed by Glazier.
“I thought that Kenzie Omness, Rayven Mondy and Kendall Griffioen gave us energy off the bench which kept us in the game in the second quarter and parts of the third,” Glazier said.
With this loss, the Raiders fall to 9-4 overall, but have now fallen to an 0-2 hole in conference play. The Raiders will look to earn their first conference win when they visit the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
The men’s team took the court for the late afternoon game coming off of a big 84-71 conference win over the Lakers on Thursday. They looked to stay undefeated in conference play against Jackson, and that’s exactly what they did, winning a shootout 93-82.
Men’s head coach Luke Bronkema was pleased with the way his team played and highlighted the unselfish nature that he believes will help this team go far.
“We played pretty well, tough game against a pretty good team,” Bronkema said. “We continued to play together offensively and defensively, and we just played really unselfish as a team. That’s one of the themes we hope to see moving forward, play hard and play unselfish.”
Bronkema mentioned that the team had, “a lot of guys with good lines,” but maybe none more impressive than team captain Sammie Ryans. Ryans was 10-18 from the field and 6-12 from three-point range to finish with a team-high 31 points. Freshman guard David Hearns also had a big day in the Raiders’ victory. Hearns shot 50 percent from the field for a total of 22 points and added 11 assists to his stat line.
Like the women’s team, the men move to 9-4 overall, but their conference record remains unscathed at 2-0. They will look to make it 3-0 when they travel to face off against Muskegon on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.