Both Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams were in action Monday night in Texas Township, Michigan against the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars.
The women took the court first in the 5:30 p.m. slot. They were coming off their biggest win of the season Friday night when they upset the 14th ranked Muskegon Community College Jayhawks. The Raiders hoped to carry the momentum from the upset into their game with the Cougars, and appeared to do just that.
The Raiders took the Cougars down 58-49 to pick up their second straight win. Head coach Dave Glazier talked about the win after the game.
“(It) all started on the defensive end,” Glazier said. “Each kid did a really good job playing to their assignment and understanding the Valley (KVCC) players strengths and weaknesses. Offensively, we were led by Mya Jordan and Hallee Breimayer who both had 18. Emily Pendred had 14 rebounds, eight of which were offensive giving us second chance opportunities. Kendall Griffioen was big for us defensively picking up five blocked shots. She also scored six.”
The Raiders are now just one win away at 5-6 from hitting the .500 mark in their conference record for the first time this season. They’ll get their shot on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they travel to Lansing to face the Stars of Lansing Community College at 5:30 p.m.
While the women were coming off a huge win, the men came into Monday night’s game trying to avenge just their second conference loss. They dropped a close, two-point affair on Friday night to Muskegon ending their four-game winning streak.
Towards the end of the game Monday night, the Raiders held a six-point lead as the Cougars were putting the pressure on. The Raiders ended up holding them off and added four more points to win the game 66-56.
The Collegiate reached out to men’s head coach Luke Bronkema for postgame comments, but he could not be reached.
Sammie Ryans led the way for the Raiders with 19 points and six rebounds. David Hearns added 16 points to help the Raiders on offense, while D’Avery Moore had 11 points and Ike Kanu picked up 12 rebounds.
The win keeps the Raiders in first place of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference as they improve to 9-2 in the conference and 16-6 overall. They’ll join the women’s team in Lansing Wednesday night to take on the LCC Stars at 7:30 p.m.