It was the tale of two halves this afternoon as the Tigers coming off a sluggish first half which saw the Tigers fall behind by as much as 15 points, put together a great second half, and hold on to win 83-80 “ The game started as I expected, we had the overtime game last night, we probably didn’t get back on to campus until 10:30pm, and then had to be back in the gym by 1:00 the next day for the shoot around. Needless to say we looked pretty tired in that first half.” “At halftime Coach Herlein made a list of things that we weren’t doing and all of them came back to effort, once we get after it, the game really started to turn.” explained Coach Oldebekking after the game.
The Tigers were able to overcome a great shooting performance by Alexander Hutson who led all scorers with 28 points including a 30ft three pointer to tie the game at 80-80 with 15 seconds to go. “We played perfect defense that possession, # 2 had to shoot it from real deep, but he is a great shooter, and he buried it.” “I was confident that we had a play we could score on the other end with however.” Score they did and Jake Blauwkamp scored and got fouled with less than 6 seconds to go, making the free throw to ice the game.
Jake Blauwkamp led the Tigers with 21 points, Cameron Cramer checked in with 18 points. Coach O wanted to make sure Travis Rader got special recognition, “Travis played 44 minutes the night before, and then today, he got forced into point guard duty, a position he has never played before and he played great.” “I am really proud of him.”
Grand Rapids- Playing their best game to date the JV’ers from GBC were victorious over the Knights from Calvin College 71-68 in overtime. The seesaw battle never saw one team take more than a six point lead. “ I really attribute this win to two things first, we were 13-14 from the line in the second half and overtime, and we out rebounded them 42-37, without those two things we don’t win this game.” “The guys have really been such great learners, they see what we need to improve from game to game and then they go out and execute those things.”
“I am just really proud of the guys, we had some guys play big minutes tonight, and they know that they have a game tomorrow, but they left it all out there.” said Coach Oldebekking. The Tigers were led in scoring by Travis Rader with 16 points, playing through some back pain Caleb Cook checked in with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The Tigers are back in action tomorrow as they face the undefeated Chargers from Ancilla College at the Aldrich Athletic Center at 3 pm.
Muskegon- The Tigers battled hard, but couldn’t keep up with quicker and more experienced Jayhawks from Muskegon Community College on Wednesday night losing 100-64. The Tigers started quick building a quick 11-8 lead on a couple of put backs by freshman Cameron Cramer and a three pointer by fellow freshman Caleb Cook. After a timeout the Jayhawks went on a 13-0 run and never looked back going into halftime leading 47-33. “There were some definite positives to take from this game, I thought our post defense was pretty good for the most part, offensively when were patient we got some nice looks.” Said Coach Oldebekking after the game. “ It was great for some these guys to get their feet wet in the college game, and to do it against a good opponent like MCC is only going to make us better.”
The Tigers got a strong defensive game from Cameron Cramer, holding MCC‘s fabulous freshmen Rowmell Crawford to only 10 points and having him foul out with 12:00 minutes left in the game. The Tigers were led in scoring by Cameron Cramer with 18 points and Caleb Cook with 16 points. Tigers lost the rebounding battle 50-40. The Tigers are back in action November 15th at Davenport University, tipoff is 7:30.
Ryan Ehm - season high 16 points
The Tigers traveled across town to take on the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University and came away with an 87-81 overtime victory. Zach Schutte led Grace with a game high 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Ehm turned in one of his best performance with 16 points. Brendon Coe also added 16.
The Tigers defeated Cornerstone earlier in the year. GBC now stands at 6-6 on the season and will play again this Saturday against Ohio Christian University at 1:00pm before the varsity game at 3:00pm.
Cody Nisonger - 16 points, 7 rebounds
Brad Rosenzweig - 18 points
The Tigers came back from the break with a nice win over U of M – Flint 81-68 today. The Tigers put five players in double figures today with Brad Rosenzweig hitting for 18, Cody Nisonger 16, Tyler Wright 13, and Ryan Ehm and Brendon Coe with 10. All nine players found the scoring column for the Tigers. GBC shot 58% for the game compared to 45% for U of M Flint. The Tigers also held the lead on the boards 41-24.
Tyler Wright led Grace with 5 assists and Mike Svoboda led all rebounders with 8.
Grace now stands at 5-5 on the season and will play next Thursday at home against Calvin College JV.