GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Drive (17-14) and Go-Go (15-17) battled head-to-head Wednesday at the DeltaPlex, but the visiting team prevailed and secured a win with a final score of 119-114. The momentum switched between teams the entire night resulting in 9 lead changes and the game being tied 11 times. The Drive went into the second half with a lead of 62-59, but couldn’t maintain a consistent rhythm on offense while costly turnovers stifled their comeback efforts late into the fourth quarter.
Jalen Jones was the Go-Go’s top performer tonight with a total of 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Notre Dame product Jerian Grant secured a solid double-double with 21 points and 12 assists to go along with a team-high 5 steals. Wizards two-way players Johnathan Williams (18 points & 8 rebounds) and Garrison Matthews (15 points & 4 rebounds) both added solid contributions to the team’s win. Other Go-Go players in double figures were London Perrantes (12 points & 8 assists) and Jalen Hudson (11 points & 4 rebounds).
The Drive were led by guard Craig Sword who finished the night with a team-high 16 points to go with 3 rebounds, 3 assists. Big man Adam Woodbury earned a solid double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Tra-Deon Hollins matched Woodbury’s 15 points with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Donta Hall added another double-double to the board with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 2 steals. Todd Withers contributed 13 points and 4 rebounds and Khalil Iverson contributed 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tre’Shawn Thurman was just shy of a double-double, earning 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Both Pistons two-way players were up with Detroit and did not suit up for the Drive tonight.
Overall, the Drive dominated the glass by out-rebounding the Go-Go 57-36, but the home team’s 25 turnovers handed the visitors an additional 28 points off those extra possessions. The Drive’s well-known defense and fluid offense helped them chip away at Capital City’s 13-point lead in the fourth, but fell short a mere five points with five seconds to go. Ultimately, Capital City was able to connect their shots in the last quarter, shooting 55% (11-20) from the field and 50% (5-10) from beyond the arc compared to 36% (8-22) from the field and 40% (4-10) from three for the Drive.