GREENSBORO, N.C. — A jump ball won by Mike Tobey and tipped to Damien Wilkins provided Rasheed Sulaimon the opportunity for a fast break dunk and gave the Swarm a five-point lead with 27.8 left in play. Wilkins would then go on to sink six free throws to secure the 99-93 win over the Windy City Bulls Saturday night at the Fieldhouse.
While each team led by 10 at various points in the game, neither maintained the double-digit lead for long. The Swarm won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Bulls 57-44 and grabbing a season-high 42 defensive rebounds. Led by Cheick Diallo’s eight, the Swarm also notched a season-high 14 blocks and converted 10 Bulls turnovers into 12 points. Greensboro also held Windy City to just 38.8% shooting from the field, a new low for an opponent this season.
Tobey led both the Swarm’s scoring and rebounding efforts, notching 23 points and 16 boards for his 14th double-double of the season. Wilkins added 20 points off the bench while guards Archie Goodwin and Sulaimon chipped in 15 points and 13 points respectively. Diallo, on assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans, added 14 rebounds in addition to his eight blocks and six points.
The Bulls saw a balanced attack from their starting unit, with four of the five starters scoring in double figures. Forward Jarell Eddie had a standout night, leading the team with 25 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. Alec Brown (16 points, five rebounds), Aaron Thomas (11 points), Jon Octeus (13 points, eight rebounds, six assists) rounded out the starters. Alfonzo McKinnie meanwhile was one point short of a double-double night with 10 rebounds and nine points.
Greensboro is now 3-0 this year against Windy City, a fellow D-League team in their inaugural season.