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Raiders’ starters step up and get revenge over Delta College

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Freshman Matthew Richards drives to the basket versus Aquinas (Kristen Schestag)

By Jackson Heiden

Despite being down their starting guard, the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team went all out in their revenge win against the Delta College Pioneers, 92-84. The Raiders are now 4-3 on the season. 

The Raiders scored a season-high 56 points in the first half to put themselves at a comfortable 56-40 lead going into the locker room. Due to a little tweak in his leg that he suffered from the last game against Calvin University JV, redshirt-freshman guard Justus Clark was absent from the lineup, giving way for freshman forward Myron Brewer to make his first collegiate start. Brewer played a major role in the team’s first-half dominance as he scored 11 points along with three rebounds. Redshirt-freshman Brockton Kohler and freshman Jovante Jones ignited the Raiders’ run in the first half with a combined 26 points. 

“We were finally playing with the pace we’ve been trying to play with all year,” said GRCC head coach Joe Fox. “We were getting stops and pushing the ball. It was really great to see, especially because we had our starting point guard (Clark) out and we were still able to push the ball and execute like that was really great.”

Defense and rebounding were key during the second half, as the Raiders hot scoring cooled off significantly, with the team only scoring 36 points. However, Kohler and Jones continued their great performances, finishing the night with 24 points each. Redshirt-sophomore Andrew Moore followed them up in the box score, finishing with 17 points along with three rebounds and four assists. 

“Brock really did everything we could ask from him today,” Fox said. “Twenty-four points, five boards, four assists, a couple steals, just really playing great.”

Redshirt-freshman Nyuon Nhial got his first playing time of the season, and although his stats may not reflect it, his presence was huge in his Raider debut. His defense helped hold any thoughts of a Pioneer comeback.

The Raiders look to tack on another win and start their weekend tournament strong as they travel to St. Clair Community College to take on the Skippers on Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

“We had a really great night scoring 89 against them at our place a few weeks ago,” Fox said. “I expect them to have a bit of a better shooting night at their place so we’re really going to have to be ready.”

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