GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Swarm, led by veteran Damien Wilkins, gave the packed Fieldhouse crowd an incredible sendoff on Friday night with a dominant 122-105 victory over the Maine Red Claws. With additional fans taking advantage of standing room only tickets, the crowd of 2,284 was the largest for a Swarm home game this year.
In the final game of the team’s inaugural season, the Swarm also grabbed their first ever wire-to-wire win. After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with Greensboro up 33-25 over Maine, the home team outscored the visitors by 11 in the second period to enter halftime up 67-48. The dominance continued throughout the second half, with the Swarm building a lead as large as 25 points (the team’s largest ever lead in a game this season) late in the fourth quarter. In addition to outscoring the Red Claws 64-44 in the paint, the Swarm took advantage of Maines 12 turnovers to convert them into 17 points.
With all members of the starting unit scoring in double figures, Greensboro remains undefeated when the team’s starting five each score 10-plus points. Starting guard Cat Barber recorded 24 points, while Perry Ellis added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Shonn Miller meanwhile added 13 points and four boards while guard Rasheed Sulaimon notched 16 points and five assists. Forward Devin Williams had his best game for the Swarm this season coming off the bench for 11 points and eight rebounds.
The night however belonged to Damien Wilkins, which was further demonstrated by the standing ovation from the Fieldhouse crowd when the veteran headed to the bench after sinking his final free throw for a record 40 points. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Wilkins also recorded seven rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block.
The Red Claws meanwhile were led by center Jordan Mickey who, despite getting in foul trouble, recorded 24 points and five rebounds. Forward Jalen Jones added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Maine for a double-double while Guerschon Yabusele added 17 off the bench.
The Swarm will return to action next November for the team’s second season in the league.