After three cancelled games in the past two weeks due to inclement weather, the men and women Raiders’ basketball teams played the first of three make-up games Monday night.
With a winter storm hitting Northern Indiana on Jan. 23, Grand Rapids Community College’s basketball teams had to cancel their road matchups with the Ancilla College Chargers. But on Monday, Feb. 4, the weather finally permitted a road trip and the Raiders headed down to play the Chargers.
The women were up first with a 5 p.m. tipoff. The Raiders were coming off of a 58-54 win over the Kellogg Community College Bruins on Jan. 25 to pull within one game of a .500 record in conference play.
Despite big numbers from some of the Raiders’ stars, the team couldn’t pull out a victory and suffered an 83-70 loss to the Chargers.
Women’s head coach Dave Glazier discussed his team’s performance and dismissed the idea that the time off had any effect on his team.
“(We) played pretty well having been off the past nine days,” Glazier said. “Just didn’t get enough stops to finish the game. Proud of the overall effort (from) our entire team tonight. I don’t think (the time off) played a major role tonight. We had a good rotation tonight to help combat any fatigue from not playing. We were without Mady Miller tonight which played a role. We missed her presence tonight.”
Miller is still being held out from an injury she suffered in the Raiders’ Jan. 25th game against Kellogg. Sophomore point guard Hallee Breimayer led the team in scoring with 25 points, while fellow sophomores Mya Jordan and Emily Pendred both had double figures in rebounds with 14 and 11 respectively. Every player scored in the game including freshman forward Rayven Mondy who had 15 points all on three-pointers.
The Raiders are now 3-5 in conference and 12-7 overall. They’ll host the Jackson College Jets on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.
Like the women’s team, the men also had to deal with a nine-day break due to inclement weather. The men’s team went into the break riding a modest two-game winning streak and sitting in first place in the conference.
The Raiders fell behind early in the game allowing Ancilla to jump out to an 8-0 lead, but eventually found their groove and held a decent, 11-point lead at the halftime. The Chargers didn’t go away however, and managed to give the Raiders a run for their money in the second half. It remained close throughout that second half but the Raiders managed to hold on to the lead and win the game 101-96.
Raiders’ head coach Luke Bronkema was proud of the way his team battled back from a rough start, finding a way to finish the game with a win.
“We got off to a slow start,” Bronkema said. “But the guys stayed focused against a good Ancilla team.”
David Hearns was the leading scorer for the Raiders with 23 points while Sammie Ryans was right behind him with 22. Freshman forward D’Avery Moore added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
With the win, the Raiders improve to 7-1 in conference play and 14-5 overall. They’ll try to win their fourth straight game on Wednesday night when Jackson College comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. game in Gordon Hunsberger Arena.