The Grand Rapids Danger may have enjoyed Friday’s summer-like weather a bit too much. On Saturday, they were ice cold to start the game against the Indiana Monarchs as the temperatures dropped to the mid-40s in the Midwest. Good thing for coach Forrest Saunders, Derrick Brooks and the Danger warmed up and got hot in the second half to complete a huge comeback and win, 115-106.
The Danger found themselves down by double-digits in the first quarter behind an aerial assault of alley-oops and dunks from the Monarchs, but worked their way back to within 10 points at the quarter break, 31-21. It was obvious that Grand Rapids had woken up from their cold hibernation as they won the second quarter by eight points and trailed by only a basket at the half, 57-55. Brooks had 18 points at the break and knew he would be counted on to lead the way home. Kulawnie Saunders added 11 points and Bradley Whitby scored 10 points for GR in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Danger won the quarter by seven points, finally took the lead and grew it to 89-84 going into the final stanza. Point guard Jorddan Myrick, who started in the backcourt without running mate Jamel Hatchett, scored all eight of his points in the third.
Whitby, who finished with 19 points, Brooks and the Danger did what they had to do to maintain the lead late in the game and, to quote Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, “got out of the stadium” with a win.