By Deanna Bergers
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team played at home against the Lansing Community College Stars on Friday night in an intense battle that ended in a win for the Raiders.
Freshman guard David Hearns had a strong start and finish to Friday night’s game and ended the night as the Raiders’ highest scorer, finishing with 24 points.
Hearns hit a long three in the first half that resulted in an immediate call for a timeout from the Stars. Hearns’ three-point heroics later in the half brought the Raiders within one point.
“I just keep my head in the game and not worry about what (the competition is) talking about,” Hearns said, explaining how he stays locked in on the court. “I just come in and play my game.”
Sophomore Sammie Ryans had a slow start to the night but began to heat things up when he easily smacked a three to gain the lead with less than three minutes left in the first half.
The Raiders were down 35-30 at halftime.
The Stars opened the second half with a dunk that electrified the Stars’ bench. Ryans responded by hitting a three then making another long three-point shot later that tied the game with 13 minutes remaining.
Freshman Cam Spicer was strong in the second half and had over 21 minutes of playing time overall. When emotions were running high toward the end, he kept his head in the game.
“Focus on the game and what the coach is telling me to do,” Spicer said. “(I) don’t pay attention to the crowd and what the other team is trying to tell me.”
Head Coach Luke Bronkema worked to keep his team level-headed throughout the night despite the abundance of fouls called against each team.
“Stay calm and play 40 minutes of basketball,” Bronkema said. “The biggest message at halftime was just (that) we have to play together to win.”
The Stars were charged with a technical foul with 1:38 left in the game. Ryans made the shot and ended the night shooting 100 percent from the free throw line.
The Raiders held the ball and ran the clock out to beat the Stars with a final score of 70-61. The Raiders’ next matchup will be against Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.