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GRCC loses to conference rival Lansing Community College 93-81

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Head Coach Joe Fox directs a timeout vs. Hope College JV. (Alena Visnovsky/The Collegiate)

After the loss to Southwestern Michigan College this past Saturday, the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team looked to avenge the loss against the reigning conference champion LCC on Wednesday, Jan. 11. In an offensive duel, the Stars outlasted the Raiders 93-81.

GRCC head coach Joe Fox credited the Stars offensive execution and readiness for the game. 

“Lansing executed very well,” Fox said. “They had a great game plan and hit shots early.”

Like Fox said, the Stars got out to a fast start as they took a 9-3 lead three minutes into the game. The Raiders did their best chipping away at the lead throughout the first half by making shots close to the basket along with free throws. However, LCC shot very efficiently in the first half and after back-to-back threes, the Raiders faced a 21-point deficit. At halftime, the Raiders faced their biggest deficit of the season but the team showed promise in the second half. 

The second half started with both teams making shots on the offensive end and executing their offense skillfully. LCC strengthened their lead to 27 points and from that point on, the Raiders fought until the buzzer went off. With 7:08 remaining in the game, the Raiders only trailed by 12 points and got themselves back in the game. The stars stepped up from that point on and went on a 9-0 run to seize control of the game. GRCC continued its fight but it was too late as LCC won by 12 points. 

Coach Fox was enthusiastic about the way his team fought toward the end of the second half.

“The guys never quit today. Lansing hit some tough shots, and the guys always responded,” Fox said. “Little things make a big difference, but we kept fighting all the way. I’m proud of the effort, but we need to keep improving on the execution.”

Sophomore Brockton Kohler returned from his four-game suspension and put up 13 points and three rebounds. Sophomore Rico Wade delivered a spark for the team as he put up 14 points and two assists. Lastly, sophomore Danyel Bibbs tallied 13 points, five assists, and two rebounds. 

With Wednesday’s loss, the Raiders fell to 11-2 on the season with multiple goals ahead of them. GRCC returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, to take on Bay College at the Ford Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. 

Coach Fox understands how much conference play will determine how the rest of the season goes and is confident that his team will see success.

“We have a lot to build on but finishing our non-conference schedule at 11-2 is a step in the right direction,” Fox said. “The real season ramps up and we’re excited to be in league play.”

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