Marlene Bussler and Herman Brown led the Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams to a sweep over Lansing Community College on Thursday.
The women’s team picked up its first victory of the season with a 53-43 win, while the men stayed unbeaten, improving to 4-0, with a 106-99 victory.
Bussler carried GRCC for most of the night, connecting on 57 percent of her shots including three-of-seven from three-point range, while the rest of the team was just one-of-18 from behind the arc.
“I thought we played much better tonight as compared to Monday night,” head coach David Glazier said. “Defensively every player on the roster bought into the game plan with Grace (Lodes) playing a primary role in guarding one of their better scorers. Offensively I felt our balance and execution was improved. Marlene really put us on her shoulders at that end of the floor tonight.”
Sally Merrill and Allison Kellogg were the only other Raiders to score more than three points, with each of them picking up double-doubles in points and rebounds. Merrill with 14 and 10, and Kellogg with 12 and 13.
The men’s basketball team was on fire from three-point territory all night, helping it score more than 100 points for the fourth straight game. The team ended up 15 for 30 compared to just seven-of-27 for Lansing.
Brown set the tone early, making his first three three-pointers. He finished six-of-nine, totaling 22 points. He also added a game-high 14 points, for the game’s lone double-double.
Danyel Bibbs, who was just announced the MCCAA Northern Conference Player of the Week, also dropped in 22 points while dishing out a game-high seven assists.
B.J. Neely and Jujuan Walker combined to go five-for-five with three-point shots, scoring 14 points each.