Danyel Bibbs leads GRCC men’s basketball team to victory over tough Muskegon rival, women’s team falls short

Danyel Bibbs getting ready to shoot a free throw.

Danyel Bibbs celebrated his birthday by leading the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team to a win over a tough Muskegon Community College team on Wednesday.

With the 83-74 victory, the Raiders are 13-4 and 2-2 in MCCAA Northern Conference play.

The women’s team snapped a two-game win streak to move to .500 in the conference after a tough, 62-35 loss.

The men’s team was back and forth all night with Muskegon, with a season-high 26 lead changes. But Bibbs’ and-one with five minutes to go was the final lead GRCC needed to secure the victory.

“It’s so great to go on the road and get a win against a good team,” coach Joe Fox said. “I was very happy with our execution down the stretch, and I thought our guys really picked their spots well. Isaac Warning played his best game as a Raider and Danyel Bibbs also was great. I can’t say enough about how excited I am about our execution of the game plan tonight.”

Bibbs finished with a team-high 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out four assists.

GRCC led in just about every statistical category, including field goal percentage, three-point shooting, rebounding, blocks and steals.

Chris Coleman and Issac Warning also had solid outings, scoring 30 total points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

The women’s team never could get into any rhythm on the offensive end, scoring a season-low 35 points while shooting just 1-of-19 from behind the arc.

“Tough loss to a good Muskegon team,” coach David Glazier said. “We will have to get much better as the year continues to compete with the teams atop the North.”

Sophomores Sally Merrill and Marlene Bussler led GRCC with nine points while Grace Lodes added eight points and team highs with seven rebounds and four assists.

Both teams will be back on the road on Jan. 28, visiting Kirtland Community College.  The women will tip-off first at 1 p.m.  

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