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Scuffle between GRCC and Glen Oaks Community College basketball teams leads to investigation

Benches clear during on-court scuffle between GRCC and Glen Oaks Community College.

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball program is facing an investigation after an altercation took place during its Dec. 3 94-73 win against Glen Oaks Community College.

 Midway through the second half, sophomore big man Isaac Warning was shoved from behind by GOCC’s Lavonta Ash, resulting in a bench-clearing scramble. Right after the shove, sophomore Brockton Kohler dashed off the GRCC bench and got into Ash’s face which caused another shoving match. The Raiders’ whole bench cleared but no players were seen throwing punches during the scuffle. Both Kohler and Ash were ejected from the game.

Prior to the altercation, there did not seem to be any cause as the two teams were playing hard against each other throughout the first half. The Raiders held a slight lead in the first half and both teams were playing with a lot of energy especially on the defensive end. This led to a sizable lead in the second half, and with 7:17 remaining in the game, Ash body checked GRCC’s Warning.  

The Nation Junior College Athletic Association is currently investigating the incident and has not made a final decision on whether some players deserve a suspension or not. The Collegiate contacted the NJCAA for comment and did not get a response. 

As the NJCAA wraps the investigation up, the GRCC Athletic Department staff along with the men’s basketball team awaits its decision. Neither the athletic director Lauren Ferullo nor head coach Joe Fox could be reached for comment. 

“The NJCAA is reviewing the incident, as is the GRCC Athletic Department,” David Murray said. “It would be inappropriate to discuss the incident while reviews are taking place.”

The Raiders are on an eight-game winning streak going into their next game against Hope College JV on Thursday, Dec.8, at the Ford Fieldhouse. It remains unclear how the Raiders’ starting lineup will be affected by fallout of the Dec. 3 altercation. 

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