Six players scored at least 13 points as the Greensboro Swarm (14-26) used a balanced attack in a 114-108 win over the Grand Rapids Drive (20-21) on Saturday night at The Fieldhouse in Greensboro, NC. The Drive have now lost four straight games and have an uphill battle to get back in playoff contention.
Mike Tobey led the Swarm with 23 points and eight rebounds and Cat Barber sliced through the Drive’s defense for 20 points. Archie Goodwin (16 points), Cheick Diallo (13) and Rasheed Sulaimon (13) joined Tobey and Barber in the starting lineup and Damien Wilkins came off the bench (14) to help secure the win for the host club.
Jordan Crawford scored 32 points to once again lead the Drive, Kevin Murphy did his usual damage with 26 points and Lorenzo Brown, in his second game wince returning from China, added 19 points off the bench. But the Drive had a cold shooting night overall, shooting just 41% from the field and a dismal 28% from behind the three-point line. Ray McCallum had his worst outing of the season shooting the ball, going just 1-for 10 on the night and finishing with only four points. Chris Anderson, the only other Drive player in double figures, finished with a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Greensboro moved quickly to take the lead in the first quarter when they went on a 12-0 run just three minutes in to the game until Crawford’s floater stopped the bleeding for Grand Rapids. The Swarm led by as many as 14 points on their way to a 33-22 lead at the first quarter break.
In the second, Greensboro stretched their advantage to 19 points at 52-33 at the 6:42 mark. The Drive committed 13 turnovers before the break and the Swarm led 65-50 at the half.
Grand Rapids did their best to get back in the game in the second half, staying within 15 points in the third quarter and winning the fourth quarter by a 33-24 margin, even getting within two points (103-101) with 4:24 to go. But, the Swarm were almost perfect from the charity stripe, they hit 23 of 25 free throws in the game, and held off the late comeback thanks to some key defense and timely shooting.
The Drive now have to wait until Friday for a chance to get back in the win column when they play back-to-back games on the road against Erie nest weekend.