Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Danger brought out the full arsenal of weapons Saturday night against the Lansing Sting.
It was obvious Grand Rapids had a competitive advantage when Matt Stoll opened the game with a huge dunk and Lansing countered with a 2-3 zone. In the regular season home finale of their inaugural season in the ABA, coach Chuck Johnson watched his Danger team battle through some rough shooting for the first 10 minutes before overwhelming the Sting with constant pressure on both ends of the floor.
Jamel Hatchett scored nine points in the first quarter, but the Danger’s shooting percentage was nothing to brag about. In fact, both teams spent the first 10 minutes tossing around enough bricks to satisfy even The Commodores.
Leading 29-23 heading into the second quarter, Lansing did their best to stay in the game but Kulawndie Saunders hit a 4-point 3-D, a three-pointer with the 3-D light scores 4 points. Bradley Whitby followed that up with a 4-point 3-D of his own as the Danger forced three consecutive backcourt turnovers by the Sting and scored 14 points off them. The 41-22 second quarter scoring run put the Danger up by 25 at the half, 70-45.
During our halftime interview, coach Johnson talked about keeping the team hungry and not letting this Sting team back into the game. Last time they played, Grand Rapids gave up 50 points to Lansing in the third quarter. This time, it was the Danger who would score 50 points. Actually, they scored 54.
Aaron Carter got hot after halftime, scoring 17 points in the third quarter, going 5-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. Hatchett and Saunders continued their efforts with 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the third quarter. Stoll and Cameron Cramer kept the Sting off the offensive glass as the Danger opened up a 124-78 lead through three quarters.
The fourth quarter was Whitby’s to lead the charge and he responded with 9 points. He also kept the second unit busy, as Jerell Sanders, Jeff Borchers, Kori Stevenson and Derrick Brooks led the Danger in a 33-18 fourth quarter.
Tyler Shelton scored 24 points and Jimmy Harvey added 21 points for Lansing.
Grand Rapids moved to 10-5 on the season and is in prime position for a playoff run in the ABA. Lansing fell to 1-13 this season.