Sports Update Nov 4-10: Lucaj three forces overtime, completes comeback over Grace College

Dominic Santina
Sports Editor

Men's Basketball 

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After going 29-3 one season ago, the RC men's team is experiencing a rough start to the season. The team took on Spring Arbor University at home on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Warriors shot 33 percent from the field in the first half with Spring Arbor shooting 40 percent, giving the Cougars a  38-23 lead at half. The Warriors struggled in the second half as well, shooting 35 percent from the field and 23 percent from behind the 3-point arc, leading to a 70-57 loss.

The Warriors then went on the road on Tuesday looking to upset third-ranked St. Francis. The Warriors’ accuracy improved, shooting 50 percent from the field, 28 percent from behind the arc, and 72 percent from the freethrow line. The Warriors held a 5-point lead at half but couldn’t hold on, losing 74-73.

The men battled back on Friday, Nov. 10, against Grace College when Anton Lucaj, freshman guard from Walled Lake, hit a game-tying 3 just before the buzzer. The Lancers started off overtime hot, but the Warriors closed the game with an 82-80 win.

The Warriors have a big rematch against St. Francis at home on Nov. 14. Their record stands at 3-4 and 0-1 in WHAC play. 

JV Men's Basketball  

The men's JV team is just getting underway with its season. After losing to Henry Ford Community College on Nov. 1, the team traveled to take on Delta College on Nov. 4 and struggled to a 114-88 loss. The team played its first home game at Garth Pleasant Arena on Nov.  8 against St. Clair County Community College and held on for a nail-biting 65-64 win.

Women's Basketball

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The women's team has been off to a hot start this season and it continued against Trinity Christian on Nov. 4. The Warriors shot 41 percent from the field in the first half and 40 percent from behind the arc, going 6 for 15. The women jumped out to a 25-12 lead after the first quarter, and added 10 more points for a 35-25 lead at halftime. The women continued their good shooting night in the second half, shooting 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the three. The good shooting night helped the Warriors hang on for a 62-52 win. The women were led by Rio Dudgeon, junior forward from Macomb, with 20 points and Devan Valko, sophomore forward from Marysville, with 19 points. The women's record sits at 4-1 early in the season. They take on Eastern Michigan on Nov. 13 before starting WHAC play against the University of Michigan Dearborn at home on Nov. 15. 

JV Women's Basketball  

The JV team played its second home game on Nov. 7 against St. Clair County Community College. The Warriors controlled the 1st half and 3rd quarter, but St. Clair came roaring back in the 4th and made it a game. Skye Donaldson, junior forward from Oxford, Shaye Kaiser, sophomore guard from Lapeer, and Lian Hung, sophomore guard from Waterford, stayed strong from behind the three-point arc to seal the 56-48 victory. The women next play against Concordia at home on Nov. 13, and then host Wayne County Community College on Nov. 25. 

Women's Cross Country  

The women's cross-country team traveled to Grand Rapids for one last time this season for its first appearance in the WHAC championships on Nov. 4. The cold weather and muddy course made for a challenging race. The team finished the season in 9th out of the 10-team field. The Warriors were led by Emily Bemis, senior from Bemis, who finished 46th overall with a time of 20:38. Other RC runners finished with these times:

Madeline Salem, junior from Troy, 21:10

Lacy Wojt, freshman from Warren, 21:27

Kylee Wright–Alexander, senior from Marysville, 23:00

Jessica Nichols, freshman from Armada, 23:35

Men's Cross Country  

The men’s team also went to Grand Rapids for the WHAC championships for its last race of the season, and competed with a full roster for the first time all season. The Warriors were led by Sophomore Cameron Bitzer, sophomore from Monroe, who finished 83rd overall with a time of 28:52. He was followed by:

Dominic Santina, sophomore from Boyne City, 29:00

Jonathan Hogan, senior from Talllmade, Ohio, 32:36

Josh Phipps, freshman from Lake Orion, 38:56

The men did not earn a team score since it did not have five runners.