PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla men’s basketball team lost a close game against Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference contenders, Grand Rapids Community College, 79-73.
The game was full of back and forth action from the Chargers (14-11, 5-7 MCCAA) and Raiders (14-8, 8-4 MCCAA). Ancilla kicked off the first half with a 17-7 lead over Grand Rapids, but the Raiders fought back and were able to pull a seven point lead to end the half. Ancilla came out strong after half-time and challenged the Raiders for the lead throughout, but ultimately Grand Rapids was able to capture the win with less than three minutes left to play.
A top performance by Josh Santos who led the chargers with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds complimented by Mike Wickliff (14) and Juwan Johnson (14) who added a combined 28 points. Eric Waddell also contributed 13 points for the chargers
“I am very proud of the way we competed tonight, we did a lot of things well,” said Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher. “Unfortunately Grand Rapids was able to answer every time we started to make a run. Right now the focus is on getting better and improving our execution so we can be peaking come tournament time.”
The Chargers will be on the road Saturday at Kellogg Community College (3-17, 2-9 MCCAA). The team will return home on Wednesday, February 18 to face off against the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College (10-12, 3-8 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 7:30p.m.
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.