The Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams were on the road Wednesday facing the Lansing Community College Stars in Lansing.
The women Raiders came into the game riding high after consecutive wins including one over the 14th ranked Muskegon Community College Jayhawks. Wednesday night’s game offered the Raiders a chance to get to .500 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference for the first time this season.
The Raiders seized the opportunity grabbing an emphatic 61-42 win and improving to 6-6 in the conference. Head coach Dave Glazier highlighted some of the key players in the win over Lansing.
“Mya Jordan led us offensively with 24 points and 12 boards,” Glazier said. “Emily Pendred also had a double-double with 14 points and 15 boards. Defensively, Aaliyah Sargent did an outstanding job on Lansing’s best scorer Jaylynn Williams. Even though she finished with 23, Sarge made her work for every point.”
The defense that Glazier highlighted is what he thinks has been the key to the turnaround that started the team’s three-game winning streak.
“The change has all started defensively,” Glazier said. “Our kids have a renewed attention to the basics of our man-to-man. Their defensive pressure, their being in help side consistently, and controlling the boards have been really solid.”
The Raiders will try to take the next step by getting over the .500 mark in MCCAA play in their next game. They’ll play host to the Glen Oaks Community College Vikings on Friday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.
The men’s team picked up a 10-point victory on Monday night in Kalamazoo to hold onto their first place positioning in the MCCAA Western Conference. Wednesday night, the Raiders visited Lansing, who was just one game behind them in the standings.
Raiders’ starting point guard David Hearns was held out of the game with a “minor injury.” Head coach Luke Bronkema said Hearns is alright and this was, “just a rest day for him.”
Freshman guard Camren Spicer got the start in Hearns’ place and had a career night for the Raiders. His 25 points was a game high for the Raiders, and he added eight rebounds and five assists.
Brokema was happy with the team’s win and recognized Spicer’s big night on the stat sheet.
“The team stayed focussed and played well,” Bronkema said. “Cam (Spicer) had a big game with the starting point guard out on injury.”
Spicer’s career high in points helped the Raiders hold on at the end of the game for a 71-63 victory, giving the Raiders a full, two-game lead over Lansing in the conference. Sammie Ryans and Willie Otole were both in double figures while Ike Kanu just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Raiders are now 17-6, but more importantly, 10-2 in the MCCAA Western Conference. The first place Raiders will go for their third straight win on Friday night when they host Glen Oaks at 7:30 p.m. directly after the women’s game.