By Josh Carlson
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team lost to Lansing Community College Feb. 19. – losing to the Stars 104-87.
The Raiders have now lost four straight games. They were without big man Johnny Davis who was out with an injury.
Communication seemed to be an issue for the Raiders as the Stars found an early rhythm. With an early 24-10 deficit, frustrated Raiders Head Coach Jeff Bauer called a timeout to change the pace of the game. The timeout did little as the Raiders couldn’t find the answer to halt a scoring barrage from the Stars, ending the first half 55-33.
The Raiders offense was led by freshman forward Jaylen Williams h who finished with a game-high 24 points – with contributions from t freshman forward Herman Brown (13 points, six rebounds), and freshman guard Darien Banks (12 points).. The Stars shot a relentless 51% from behind the arc (14/27) which made it impossible for the Raiders to fight back from the early deficit.
Banks commented on the team’s tough loss, noting that he was not going to sulk about the game and remained focused on closing the regular season
“We are going to work on playing more as a team,” said Banks. “My mindset going into the postseason is doing whatever I have to do for the team to win.”
The Raiders are now 7-8 in conference play and 14-12 overall. They hope to prevent losing two games in a row against Muskegon Community College on Feb. 22. This game will be at 3 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse following the women’s game at 1 p.m. Admission for the public is $3 and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.