March 12, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —It’s March Madness for the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team, which is headed to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the second consecutive year.
The Raiders beat top seed Ancilla College in the District 9 Championship on March 10, earning an automatic spot in the National Tournament.
The team, with a 24-8 record, also is celebrating individual honors, with Coach Luke Bronkema named District 9 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, and Zachary Pangborn named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The National Tournament is March 20-24 and will be hosted by Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill. The Raiders will find out who they face in opening round action when brackets are revealed during the NJCAA Division II selection show on March 14.
“I’m proud of my players, who worked tremendously hard to get to this point,” Bronkema said. “We faced tough competition, but the guys were prepared and energized. It’s good to see them rewarded for their efforts by heading to the National Tournament.”
Pangborn, a Northview High graduate, averaged 26.6 points per game over the three-game tournament. Curtis Davison, a Union High graduate, and Anthony McIntosh, who graduated from Ottawa Hills High, were named to the All-Tournament Team.
GRCC defeated Ancilla, located in Indiana, in last year’s District 9 Championship game as well.
“The basketball team’s success is another indication that we have something very special here at GRCC,” President Bill Pink said. “Our student-athletes work hard in the classroom and in the arena, and we’re seeing the results.”
West Michigan residents can follow the team’s progress on the Raiders’ athletics website.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.