Ryel Daye stays hot as GRCC basketball teams sweep Lake Michigan College

Ryel Daye making a basket during a game.

Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams swept Lake Michigan College on the road Monday, with the women’s team earning a two-point victory that came down to the final shot, and the men’s team fighting off many late runs to win 73-61.

Sally Merrill led all scorers with 24 points, and other players came up clutch in pivotal moments for the Raiders in the women’s team’s 63-61 win.

Down eight points in the fourth quarter, GRCC went on a 12-2 run, including two three-point buckets from freshman guard Alysia Wesley to give the Raiders a 55-53 lead.

After two Merrill free throws put the Raiders up 61-58, Lake Michigan College’s Aaliyah Reno tied the game with 16 seconds left. Merrill would be fouled on the other end, this time connecting on two more free throws with under six seconds left. Lake Michigan’s Madison Bailey had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but her shot was too long.

GRCC freshman forward Grace Lodes scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added four blocked shots.

“Very proud of the way our kids battled and stayed with it tonight,” Coach David Glazier said.  “When we got down seven or eight in the fourth they could have packed it in, but they found a way.  Excited to watch them continue to grow as a team.”

The women’s team is on a four-game win streak, improving its record to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Lake Michigan fell to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

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