By Pierson VanGorp
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team played its first game of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 2, against Olivet’s JV team and won in dominant fashion 113-55.
“Our main focus before the game was controlling what we can control, and not worrying about the uncontrollables,” head coach Joe Fox said. “The game plan was to play with energy, effort, and enthusiasm, and they did just that.”
Right out of the gate, GRCC focused on its defensive scheme to trouble the Olivet offense. The Raiders showed multiple defenses including a 2-1-2 zone and a full-court man press. They succeeded in speeding the game up and secured a 52-31 lead at the half.
The second half is when the Raiders broke the game loose, as they had multiple 9-0 runs to increase the lead to over 40. Every eligible player for GRCC was able to play, which led to a 113-55 victory.
“I was very pleased with the effort,” Fox said. “Those games can be tough. It’s easy to lose your focus at times and dwell on individual things but I thought the guys did a great job of staying focused.”
Sophomore Brockton Kohler led all scorers with 24 points shooting 7-8 from three. Fellow sophomore Danyel Bibbs was a threat on both sides of the ball, scoring 19 points along with seven assists. Sophomore JUCO-transfer Chris Coleman scored 17 points with six rebounds. Other notable performances include sophomore Isaac Warning’s 10 rebounds and sophomore Herman Brown’s 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
The Raiders start off the season 1-0 and have a quick turn around as they play the Cornerstone JV team this Friday, Nov. 4 at the Ford Fieldhouse.
“Our mentality as a team will be the same as if we lost tonight. We try to stay focused on the process and getting better every day,” Fox said.