The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team lost out on bragging rights for state supremacy when they lost to Henry Ford College in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association State Championship, 77-73 on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders clinched the MCCAA Western Conference on Monday with a win over Kellogg Community College and celebrated the title on Wednesday night after their victory over Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Winning the western conference gave the Raiders the chance to head east and do battle with the MCCAA Eastern Conference champion Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. The game was tied at 43 at halftime, and at the end of the game, the Raiders trailed by two with 24 ticks left. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Henry Ford hit two free throws to ice the game and get the 77-73 win and MCCAA State Championship title.
Sophomore Sammie Ryans had a big game for the Raiders in the loss, scoring 24 points and adding six rebounds. Freshman David Hearns was right behind him with 21 points and four assists while sophomore Willie Otole added 14 points.
The loss has no effect on the Raiders’ season being that it was just to crown a top team in the state. The Raiders are still in a good position as they hold the No. 1 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XII Championships hosted in GRCC’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The Raiders will host the winner of Muskegon Community College versus Mid Michigan College on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.