• Grace falls to Silver Lake College, 81-88

    Freshman Jared Bradford kicks out the ball to the corner on the fast break. 

    Grand Rapids, MI – Grace welcomed Silver Lake College (Manitowac, WI) to their gym Saturday afternoon, looking to score a win over the USCAA Division I Lakers.  This was the second game in Grand Rapids this weekend for Silver Lake College, as they were able to defeat Kuyper College 95-90 less than 24 hours before coming to Aldrich Athletic Center to face the Tigers.

    After sluggish starts in the past two games for the Tigers, it was very evident that they were focused on not having any let downs right from the tip-off.  After a back-and-forth beginning to the game, Grace was able to build up a 7-point lead midway through the first half.  Senior point guard Nick Mascorro gave the Tigers a boost with 8 points on 3 of 3 shooting within the Tiger run.  For the next 10 minutes, the Tigers committed multiple turnovers leading to easy lay-ups for Silver Lake and started to struggle shooting the ball from the outside as well.  The Lakers were able to outscore the Tigers by 10 in the final 10 minutes of the half, taking the lead 44-41.

    For the bulk of the second half, Silver Lake was able to keep up their solid play and hot shooting, matching Grace basket-for-basket for the first 15 minutes and retaining their single-digit lead.  The Lakers went on to handle the pressure defense from the Tigers towards the end of the game and pull away.  Despite out-rebounding the Lakers 50-37, Grace’s cold shooting (35% from the floor) and defensive struggles led to the Lakers ultimately prevailing by the final score of 88-81.

    Sophomore Paul TenHarmsel led the Tigers with 26 points, including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.  Junior Cameron Cramer recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, to go with 2 blocks on the defensive end.  Junior Brad Rosenzweig joined Cramer with 12 rebounds, and led the squad with 5 assists on the day.

    The Tigers will return to the floor next Tuesday, February 11, to face the Kuyper College Cougars in a much anticipated rematch between the NCCAA’s two Grand Rapids area teams.