With the winter semester upon us, basketball has continued to play out during the extreme weather changes in Grand Rapids. The past weeks have seen grit, adversities, sweat, and a stronger sense of how to execute as a unit over the course of Dec. 9 – Jan. 10 for the Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams.
The women’s basketball team, going 1-7 over the break from school, is averaging 55.7 points per game while shooting 32.1% from the field— 21.8% from three-point range. They have yet to win a game on the road (0-5) and are facing six more.
Rayven Mondy, a sophomore guard for the women’s team, commented on what the team’s focal points are for the remainder of the regular season.
“I think we have a great team with great talent,” Mondy said. “Our tendencies are allowing ourselves to fall out of focus at certain points of the game. If we stay focused and disciplined down the stretch, I know we have the upper hand at not only winning more games but making a run in the playoffs also.”
Mondy also acknowledged that, “We need to focus on the fundamentals and be more sound with our play. It takes a lot of heart and dedication to make that playoff run.”
The men’s basketball team went 1-6 and have won four of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 76.5 points per game with a 42.6% field goal average. The men’s team has the best home record in their conference, standing at seven wins with just one loss (Wayne County) at the Ford Fieldhouse.
Still in his first season with the team, Coach Jeff Bauer noted on what he believes is going to help his players continue to work better as a collective.
“Even during this rough stretch, our guys have done a great job finding good shoots,” Bauer said. “We’ve got 11 players in our rotation and about 90% of them are freshman this year. We need to trust the process and continue finding shots.”
“We’ve had only one home game in the last six, and a lot of other road games at that,” Bauer also mentioned. “For us to be playing the way we are during conference games I can say our team has talent. I’d honestly be surprised if we didn’t make a deep run [playoffs].”
Tonight’s game for the Raiders is away against Ancilla College— the next home game being on Jan. 18 at the Ford Fieldhouse. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m with the men’s team following at 3 p.m. The overall standings are 3-11 for the women’s team and 8-6 for the men’s. Both teams have 15 regular season games (including this Saturday’s) left on their schedules.
Admission for the general public is $3 and any individuals with a GRCC student I.D can attend for free.