Weekend Highlights: Rochester College, Henry Ford Community College among teams with impressive wins Saturday

December 17, 2012 in Division II, JUCO, NAIA

By Patrick Hayes

Saturday was a good day for college basketball among the state’s smaller programs, including a couple of notable upsets.

Henry Ford Community College traveled to No. 5 Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Saturday and upset the Cougars, handing them their first loss of the season in convincing fashion, 87-65.

HFCC had four players reach double figures in the game, led by Javan Thomas, who had 21. Darryl Mobley Jr. had 18 off the bench, Marquawn Armstrong had 14 points and Roderick Butler scored 10. The Hawks also held KVCC to just 33 percent shooting.

Pulling off impressive wins over highly ranked teams is nothing new for Henry Ford over the last few years, though. The Hawks have consistently beaten some of the best teams in the state and even country. Where they’ve slipped up occasionally is playing down to lesser opponents, which cost at least one Henry Ford squad that could’ve contended for a national title from even playing for it after the team was upset in the regional.

Rochester College, meanwhile, showed that it belongs among the nation’s top NAIA teams. The Warriors, despite beating a Division I team and nearly beating another, spent most of the season out of the national top 25, until cracking the rankings at No. 23 last week.

Since it’s the team’s first year as a NAIA team, they’re a bit under the radar. A win over No. 9 Grace College, however, should garner them more attention when next week’s rankings come out. Drew Maynard scored 18 points and Dramell  Hogan scored 16 points in the win.

In the GLIAC, two teams who could contend for titles in their respective division, Grand Valley State and Hillsdale, faced each other with the Lakers winning 67-58. Guard Breland Hogan had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a blocked shot. The Lakers have now won seven straight games.


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