It didn’t take long on Saturday night for the Grand Rapids Danger to find their groove. Terrence Shaw returned to the lineup and Derrick Brooks came off the bench to lead the Danger to a 105-93 win over the Motor City Chargers on Saturday night at Grace Bible College.
James Still helped the Chargers out to an early lead as the Danger struggled to get into rhythm. Jamel Hatchett scored seven points in the first quarter, but it was Brooks who applied the necessary force, pushing back the oncoming charge of their opponents. At the break, the Danger held just a 23-22 lead.
Coach Forrest Saunders gave a Doc Rivers-like tongue-lashing to his players between quarters and Grand Rapids responded in kind. Hatchett and Brooks continued their onslaught on the offensive end and Shaw and Jance Payne infiltrated the enemy line on the defensive side of the ball as the Danger outscored the Chargers 37-19 in the quarter, taking a 60-41 lead at the half.
When the clock started moving again, Motor City’s Kay Miller did his best to drive the Chargers back into the game. The Danger, though struggling to score in the third quarter, stood their ground and actually extend the lead to 20, at 77-57, by the start of the final 12 minutes.
And that’s when Shaw, who scored a total of 20 points, decided to take control of the gym. His 11 points in the quarter came without much fanfare, except for his monstrous dunk midway through. Motor City put down the pedal and sped the game up, only to find that Grand Rapids had some speedsters of their own, including Indianapolis native Jaylen Norwood, who couldn’t be caught. Norwood finished with eight points in the fourth, 14 overall.
Kulawnie Saunders, the best outside shooter on the Danger roster, had an off night as his shot just wasn’t falling but finished with eight points. Brooks finished the night with a team-high 22 points.
At halftime, All In Sports, led by Dominic Shannon, held a practice and scrimmage for their youth teams.
The Danger continue their ABA season on Sunday with a game on the road when they travel to Chicago to play the Windy City Groove. They’ll return home to Beer City, USA for a game against Detroit’s Team Network on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4pm.