A strong opening and closing quarter led the Greensboro Swarm (3-4) to a 109-90 victory over Raptors 905 (3-4) Monday night. The Swarm’s four two-way players combined to score 91 points, while Raptors 905 starters combined for 76 points in the defeat. Jalen Jones and Charles Cooke, two-way players from the New Orleans Pelicans, scored 36 and 34 points respectively to lead the Swarm. Lorenzo Brown recorded an 18 point, 13 assist double-double to pace the 905.
Greensboro jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, leading 20-7 by the first timeout and closing the frame with a 32-16 advantage. Cooke set the tone early for the Swarm, scoring 12 of his 22 first half points in the opening frame. Brown led the 905 with 11 points in the half, while Toronto Raptors assignee Bruno Caboclo had eight points and five rebounds at the break. After 24 minutes of play, the Swarm held a 61-45 lead.
Raptors 905 started to claw back in the third quarter, with the 905 starters combining for all of the team’s 26 points in the frame. Greensboro had a concentrated scoring attack, with only three players scoring in the third, highlighted by Jones’ 11-point effort. The 905 headed into the final period of play trailing the Swarm 83-71. In the final frame, Greensboro pulled away as Jones added nine points to his game-high 36 to lead the Swarm to its third victory of the season.