By Jackson Heiden
Despite a bounceback game in the previous outing against No. 1 ranked Mott Community College, the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team fell on Dec. 8 in a frustrating third-straight loss, 86-64.
It would be the second game in a row against the No. 1 ranked Bears, and although the Raiders offense proved to be a little better than last Saturday, it still wasn’t enough.
“We played well in spurts,” said GRCC head coach Joe Fox. “Offensively, we shot the ball a little better. We had a couple of tough stretches but our execution was better today.”
Coming off of injuries for freshman forward Matthew Richards and redshirt-freshman guard Justus Clark, the Raiders were boosted by gaining some of their leaders back as Richards went on to lead the team with 14 points and six rebounds. Coming off an injury that forced him to be limited during the games, redshirt-sophomore Justus Clark was strong with passing the ball, notching a team-high six assists. Redshirt-sophomore Andrew Moore and freshman guard Jovante Jones would continue their hot scoring streak as Moore would score 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Jones would score 13.
“I thought 17 out of the 20 minutes in the first half we played really well,” Fox said. “I thought for 30 minutes tonight we did a really nice job, especially the last ten minutes of the game, but when you’re playing the No.1 team in the country, you can’t play anything less than 40.”
Unfortunately, the Raiders defense could only do so much, despite some nice bounce-back performances and the continuation of hot streaks. The Raiders couldn’t stay consistent on the offensive end, shooting 46% from the field during the first half and then dropping down to 36% during the second half.
The Raiders look to go into the next game with more intensity as they take on the Alpena Community College Lumberjacks Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
“It’s a long bus ride,” Fox said. “We need to go out there and play a good, hard 40 minutes and bring some energy.”