By Dylan Miesch
The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team beat Lake Michigan College 83-71 on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Due to an altercation with Glen Oaks on Dec. 3, the Raiders only had 5 players throughout the game while the Red Hawks had a full team. To most teams this would really hurt their play, but it didn’t slow the Raiders down. The five starters were Bashir Neely, Chris Coleman, JaJuan Walker, Jordan Houser, and Seth Schuitema.
The first half was very competitive. It was almost constant back to back scoring, both teams going at the basket hard, with multiple lead changes. The Raiders shot well in the first half with 46% from the field and 36% from the 3-point line. But it wasn’t quite enough, as the Red Hawks took a 2-point lead right before the end of the half, making it 39-37.
The second half started close, but after a few minutes the Raiders took over and held a steady lead until the final buzzer. The Raiders shot 58% from the field and 33% from the 3-point line in the second half, while holding the Red Hawks to a whopping 0% (0-12) from the 3-point line.
“I was so proud of how the guys executed the game plan,” said head coach Joe Fox. “JuJuan Walker did a great job in the second half keeping us organized. Chris Coleman really anchored us offensively and was a tough matchup. Bashir Neely shot the ball well all weekend. Seth Schuitema stretched the floor on offense and anchored us defensively, altering a lot of shots. Jordan Houser was huge for us on the glass, and really showed his abilities as a tough shot maker.”
Neely led the team in scoring with 24 points, Coleman had 22 points with 7 rebounds, Walker contributed 19 points and 8 rebounds, and Houser scored a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
“A great performance from that crew, and my coaching staff who came up with a great defensive scheme for us,” Fox said.
After this great team win, the Raiders are undefeated, putting their record at 10-0. The next game for the Raiders will be Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Detroit Community Christian College at 7 p.m. in Detroit.