Devin Ebanks continued his hot streak and the Grand Rapids Drive held off a late comeback to beat the visiting Erie Bayhawks, 111-106.
One night after losing their other two point guards, Drive newcomer Gary Talton found himself in a giving mood on Wednesday night. The Drive guard had a double-double and set the team’s season-high with 14 assists in front of 2,258 fans at the DeltaPlex Arena on ’90s Night.
Ebanks has scored 83 points(27.4ppg) over the last three games and is scoring nearly 24 points per game since January 1st, including a franchise-record 43 against Maine on January 18th. He’s also pulling down 7.3 rebounds, as well.
Talton, a 6-foot-1 guard out of the University of Illinois-Chicago, had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals to go along with his 14 assists. The Drive record for assists in a game is 16 by Nate Wolters on March 19, 2015 against Maine. Talton’s assists were nowhere near a career high. He had 21 assists in a game for Rio Grande on Jan. 18, 2014, which was one short of the D-League record at the time.
Henry Sims had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds and Dahntay Jones tied his season high with 20 points. Kelsey Barlow had 13 points and Ismael Romero set a season-high with 10 points.
Grand Rapids, the affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, improved to 15-14. Erie, whose parent team is the Orlando Magic, fell to 11-20.
Alex Davis led Erie with 23 points and 12 rebounds. He was followed by Keith Appling (22), Tyler Harvey (20), Melvin Ejim (12) and Eric Atkins (10). Nnanna Egwu had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams head to the NBA D-League All-Star Break this weekend.