By Caitlin Phelan and Pierson VanGorp
Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team lost a tough road game Wednesday night to Mid Michigan College. The Raiders were outscored 102-70 and dropped to 11-4 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
GRCC hung with MMC for the first half, going into halftime only down four points, 41-37. The second half is where MMC broke away, outscoring the Raiders 61-33. GRCC went cold in the second half, going only 11-44 from the field, compared to MMC’s 24-38. MMC finished the game shooting about 53% from the field, compared to GRCC’s 32.5%.
Head coach Joe Fox complimented Mid Michigan’s ability to use their shooters efficiently.
“Mid is a great shooting team and they got hot at the right time,” Fox said. “They got their shooters in good positions to make shots in the second half.”
Sophomore Danyel Bibbs led the Raiders in scoring with 11 points in 19 minutes. Bibbs also recorded five rebounds and three assists in the Raiders loss.
MMC was led in scoring by Jayden Sims, who scored 31 points. MMC scored 24 points off of GRCC’s 12 team turnovers.
One of the team’s main leaders, sophomore Rico Wade, feels the team can improve on one aspect of the game.
“We can improve by relying on our brothers during adversity and playing palms down,” Wade said.
The Raiders are now in a four game losing streak, after starting the season 11-0.
GRCC returns to action Saturday, Jan. 21, taking on Alpena Community College in a MCCAA Northern Conference battle. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Ford Fieldhouse.
Sophomore Brockton Kohler is adamant the team will continue to display a high level of effort along with controlling the things they can control.
“The mentality we have is the same as it’s been all season. Compete at a high level and control what we can control,” Kohler said. “We’ve played two very good teams to start conference play and credit them for being the better team that day.”