The Grand Rapids Danger suffered a tough loss Saturday night, losing to the Flint Chargers 132-127 in a matchup of ABA teams in #BeerCityUSA.
Danger coaches, players and staff welcomed fans and friends at the door, collecting bottled water donations for the people of Flint dealing with the water crisis, before tipping off against the team from Michigan’s thumb.
Falling behind 9-0 to the Chargers to start the game, coach Chuck Johnson‘s team fought their way back to tie the game, even taking the lead amid a flurry of end-to-end action at Grace Bible College. At the end of the first quarter, the Danger were trailing by three, 25-22.
The Danger had some trouble in the second quarter as sharpshooter Aaron Carter just couldn’t seem to dial it in. With Carter in a funk, the rest of the squad took it upon themselves to keep firing from long distance, but the shots weren’t falling. Derek Brooks and Kulawndie Saunders kept the Danger in the game and they actually gave GR a 60 – 58 halftime lead.
The third quarter was more of the same up-and-down action. The Danger won the quarter 36-35, taking a 96-93 lead into the fourth quarter. Maybe it was the exotic bird show at halftime, but it seemed as though both teams were more aware of their surroundings in the second half. Carter, Brooks and Saunders all hit shots from deep and the Danger held Chargers’ starters Deon Rice, Asaad Robinson and Breland Hogan in check.
But it was Dez Sain who took over for Flint, as the fourth quarter was electric. The crowd noise picked up. The chatter on the floor and the pace calmed down. Hogan picked up his 4th foul and Sain found himself playing point guard. And, although Sain led the Flint charge down the stretch, it was the Danger’s poor shooting late that doomed them.
Unfortunately, the Danger took a tough loss. The final score was 127 – 132.
You can listen to the BeerCityHoops play-by-play broadcast of the ABA game here.
The Danger return to action next Saturday, February 6, 2015 at home(Grace Bible College). They’ll face off against the Oakland County Cowboys. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.