The Tigers traveled to Lansing Thursday night to play the team that just a week ago defeated the team that defeated the Tigers Tuesday night. “We knew this was an improved Great Lakes squad from the one we faced at the beginning of the season,” said Coach Gary Bailey, “but we had very little scouting information on them because they have almost an entirely different team this semester compared to last.”
It took the Tigers a few minutes to “scout on the fly” but they took the lead for good near the midpoint of the first half and totally dominated the Crusaders in every phase of the game in the second half, allowing Coach Bailey to go deep into his bench and cruise to the 20 point winning margin. Grace shot 53% from the field and 74% from the free throw line while holding GLCC to 36% from the field. The Tigers dominated the boards 36-24.
Senior Cory Jamieson (Wayland) led the Tigers with 21 points including 3/5 from the 3 point line. Junior Zach Schutte (Calvin Christian) had 17 points. Senior Matt Kurtz (Lowell) contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds. Fellow captain Ryan Krombeen (Calvin Christian) led the Tigers with 8 assists.
“It was a solid performance against a talented team,” said Bailey. “I was pleased overall with the way we played. We still have a few things to clean up but we are dedicated to working hard between now and tourney time. We’ll be ready.”
Grace is back in action Tuesday night at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.