The Grand Rapids Community College’s men’s basketball team struggled against Muskegon Community College in an 84-74 loss Feb. 22.
The Raiders lacked key-rotation players due to injuries, as freshman forward Herman Brown led the Raiders with 24 points. The Jayhawks saw a large offensive contribution by Vejas Grazulis who led the team with 28 points.
The Raiders ended the first half ahead 46-37 with a high 52.8% from the field- 53.8% from three-pointers. With poor shooting numbers in the second, MCC took advantage, coming back in the second half shooting 55.6% from the field compared to their 35.7% first half.
“We played defense in the first half hard,” said Raiders Head Coach Jeff Bauer. “They had more size and killed us on the offensive glass.”
Bauer also noted, “Everybody was two feet in today and not just rooting for success for themselves, but for each other and the team.”
The Raiders were out-rebounded on both ends as the Jayhawks finished with 20 offensive and 27 defensive rebounds.
Freshman guard Jaylen Williams commented on the Raiders’ focus going forward.
“We fought hard in the first half and stayed together as a team,” said Williams. “We just need to come out harder in the second half.”
The Jayhawks fought themselves to a 63-63 tie as the 10-minute mark hit for regular time. The Raiders were unable to stop the Jayhawks’ offensive run which ultimately led to the defeat.
The Raiders are now 14-13 overall and will play an away game against Kellogg Community College Feb. 24. The final home and regular-season game will be against Kalamazoo Community College on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse. Admission is $3 for the public and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.