Newark, DE — The Grand Rapids Drive has been impressing the folks with their up-tempo pace and #DunkCity mentality of late. Wednesday night in Newark, DE was no different in the first half vs. the 87ers as they scored a season-high 69 points. The second half, though, was a completely different story.
Lorenzo Brown hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go to tie the game, but Rysheed Jordan hit one of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left in the game for the Delaware 87ers as the Drive lost 105-104.
The 1,700+ fans in attendance at the University of Delaware watched the Drive get out to 34-27 lead at the end of the first quarter behind 48% shooting and a 15-9 rebounding advantage over the Sevens. Ryan Boatright opened the second quarter with an alley-oop dunk and scored eight of the first nine points. Grand Rapids stretched the lead to 17 points at one point and held a 69-55 halftime lead.
Delaware had some trouble to open the third quarter and trailed 81-69. But a 12-2 run to end the quarter would bring them within 83-81 heading into the final frame. Delaware’s 19-2 run allowed them to take the lead away from the struggling Drive in the fourth quarter. After Brown’s 3-pointer and a subsequent review/challenge by Delaware’s bench, Kelsey Barlow fouled Jordan, sending him to the line for free throws. After a miss and a make from Jordan, Drive head coach Otis Smith used his advance to initiate the inbounds play from the frontcourt, Barlow missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer.
Brown led the Drive with 31 points, five other players scored in double figures for Grand Rapids. Kam Holsey had 17 points, followed by Boatright (15), Devin Ebanks (11), Sam Thompson (10) and Barlow (10).
Jordan McRae led Delaware, the NBADL affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, with 18 points. John Bohannon had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Grand Rapids, now 2-5, concludes a three-game road trip on Saturday against Raptors 905. The new D-League team affiliated with the Toronto Raptors play their games in Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
The Drive return home Sunday for a 4 p.m. game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It will be the first River City Sunday. Fans can get hot dogs for $1 throughout the game.
Earlier in the day, Grand Rapids traded a 2016 NBADL draft pick for the returning player rights of Dahntay Jones(Duke).
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