Quick Hits 3/8

Zack Goodrow, Sports Editor

Men’s Basketball falls short in GLIAC Tournament 

After finishing the regular season at 11-6 , the men’s basketball team earned the second seed in the GLIAC tournament. The Lakers won their first game and lost their second last weekend in the tournament. 

GVSU beat Lake Superior State University in their first game of the tournament 72-57. After a slow start, GVSU went on a 9-2 run to close the first half. During the second half, they continued their streak by outsourcing Lake Superior 31-10. GVSU outscored Lake Superior 44-24 in the second half.

Christian Negron led the team with 22 points, 13 rebounds and a season high five blocks. Issac Gassman contributed 19 points and eight rebounds. Jake Van Tubbergen added seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists. 

In their next matchup, GVSU fell to Michigan Technological University 65-59. In a closely-contested matchup, the Lakers were tied with Michigan Tech 30-30 before the closing seconds of the first half. Coming into the second half, Michigan Tech held a four point lead that the Lakers couldn’t overcome. Van Tubbergen had 19 points, Negron scored 12 points, and Gassman added another 11 points. 

While it was a disappointing way to end the GLIAC tournament, two GVSU players did receive GLIAC honors. Negron was named to the All-GLIAC team and the All-Defensive team. Negron averaged 13.4 points this season and led the conference with 32 blocks.

Van Tubbergen was also named to the All-GLIAC team. He led the Lakers with 13.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. 

After their loss in the GLIAC tournament, GVSU will have to wait until the NCAA tournament selection announcement to see if they will continue their season. 

Women’s Basketball loses first, only game in GLIAC Tournament 

The GVSU women’s basketball team fell short in a tight game against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, losing 77-72. GVSU started out hot, finishing the second half with a score of 40-33. The Lakers were unable to keep this lead, however, as Parkside came back to tie the game before the end of regulation. In overtime, Parkside outscored the Lakers 17-12 to win the game. 

This was a disappointing finish to the GLIAC tournament for the team. While the loss hurts, three Lakers received GLIAC honors at the event.

Juniors Hannah Kulas and Emily Spitzley were selected to the All-GLIAC First Team. Kulas and fellow junior Samantha Gehrls were also selected for the All-GLIAC Defensive Team.