The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team defeated Great Lakes Christian College JV team in a close battle, 76-69, to get their second win of the season. The Raiders are now 2-2 overall.
“I thought the team battled hard,” said GRCC head coach Joe Fox. “We executed well down the stretch when the game was on the line, but our effort was high the whole game.
The Raiders were led by redshirt-sophomore Andrew Moore who put up 18 points along with three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
“Drew is great at putting himself in position to make plays with his speed and instincts,” Fox said. “The team really responds well when Drew is aggressive.”
The Raiders were also led by freshman Matthew Richards and redshirt-freshman Justus Clark, who both secured a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds each.
Another key performer was freshman Issac Slomp, who didn’t stand out in the box score (two points, four rebounds), but was a huge asset to the team’s energy and helped propel them to the win.
“Isaac Slomp didn’t record a lot of stats, but his energy changed the game in the second half,” Fox said. “He was a big factor in the win.”
The Raiders held a consistent lead throughout the first half as the scoreboard read 38-23 at the halftime buzzer. However, the Crusaders were able to mount a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 46-38. With a 1:14 left in the game, Crusader guard Jalen Johnson was able to put the team within two points, 71-69. On the next possession, Clark was able to put the Raiders up by two possessions with 57 seconds to go, allowing the Raiders to put the game away with free throws and secure the win.
“We always talk about communication and effort,” said Fox when talking about the close final minutes. “Because we’re so young, we are still learning how to battle in these close games. GLCC made tough shots but we wanted to make sure we stayed grounded and execute our game plan.”
The Raiders will look to continue their success when they return to the Gordon Hunsberger Arena on Monday, Nov. 15 to face off against Aquinas JV at 7:30 p.m.
“Aquinas has played well so far in their limited games,” Fox said. “We are really going to have to bring intensity defensively.”