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GRCC Men back on track after dominant win

Freshman #11 Jordan Houser at the free throw line vs. Bay College (Alena Visnovsky/The Collegiate).

By Caitlin Phelan
Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball hosted Alpena Community College Saturday, Jan. 21, winning in convincing fashion, 106-65. This win snaps the four-game losing skid for the Raiders. GRCC dominated the game from start to finish, never trailing ACC in scoring. 

Before GRCC dropped their last four games, they had a perfect record, starting the season 11-0. After the much needed victory on Saturday, Coach Fox stated, “I’m really pleased with the effort and execution vs. Alpena. It’s great to get back in the win column after a tough few weeks.”

ACC kept the game close in the first half. Going into halftime, they were down by only eight points, the score being 45-37. Ultimately, ACC’s offense could not keep up with the Raiders. In the second half, GRCC blew ACC away, setting a season-high, 61 points.

All 10 Raiders contributed to the team’s much needed win. It was a high scoring contest, where all 10 Raiders scored. GRCC got a big boost from their bench. The bench outscored ACC’s starters, 57-49. 

Coach Fox praised all of his players on their winning efforts, “Our guys did a great job collectively locking in and playing the game plan. It’s hard to pick out a certain performance to highlight since everyone played an important role.”

Freshman Bashir Neely led the Raiders with 23 points, and went 10 of 12 from the floor. Freshman Jordan Houser helped the Raiders win with a team-high seven rebounds and five steals. Houser also logged eight points in Saturday’s matchup. Coach Fox said Neely and Houser “…brought great energy on both ends of the court.” 

Freshman Jajuan Walker also had a great performance, adding 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Walker was one rebound short of a double-double. Coach Fox praised Walker’s performance saying “…he made huge plays in the second half for us.”

Sophomore guard Rico Wade contributed with 15 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor, and guard Chris Coleman added 12 points in the Raiders victory.

The Raiders defense was just as hot as their offense, forcing 20 ACC turnovers. The Raiders scored 33 points off of the 20 turnovers.

The game ended with a slight confrontation, as an altercation happened after GRCC tried to score late in the game with a big lead, and ACC’s team did respond kindly to the action. No technicals or ejections were given out by the refs.

The Raiders will be back in action Jan. 25, when they visit Muskegon Community College in another MCCAA Northern Conference showdown. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at MCC.

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