Devin Ebanks scored 41 points as the Grand Rapids Drive held off the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 139-130, Wednesday afternoon at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Students, teachers and parents from schools all over West Michigan made the trip for the first ever School Day Game here in Grand Rapids, MI. 2,094 fans were treated to some free overtime basketball before getting on the busses and heading back to the realities of mid-winter school day blues.
But not before the Drive and Vipers put on an offensive show that fans haven’t seen lately from the NBA D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. The Vipers, making their first and only trip to Beer City this year, are the affiliate of the Houston Rockets and are a testing ground for some of Houston GM Daryl Morey‘s advanced metrics philosophies. Basically, they shoot threes and get to the lane and free throw line.
Lorenzo Brown(28 points) and Henry Sims(23 points) helped Ebanks and the Drive hold off the Vipers, who had seven players score in double-digits. Jarvis Threatt and Jordan Hamilton each scored 22 points for Rio Grande Valley. Former University of Wisconsin and Big Ten standout, Rockets’ assignee Sam Dekker scored 14 points.
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