The Drive and the Bulls went into the night as two of the best defensive teams in the league respectively. The Drive ultimately capitalized on their ability to crash the boards, earn second-chance points, convert points off transitions and move the ball efficiently.
Guard Tra-Deon Hollins earned the team’s first triple-double of the season as he finished with 11 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds and 4 steals.
Todd Withers had another impressive shooting performance, going for a team-high 22 points on 6-14 from deep in addition to 9 rebounds. The Drive’s big men Adam Woodbury served up an impressive double-double, earning 18 points and 13 rebounds and Donta Hall also added a double-double to the stat line with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. Dakarai Allen was tenacious on the defensive end of the court while finishing with 6 steals to go with 7 points and 6 assists.
The Bulls were led by Jaron Blossomgame who finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Ferrakohn Hall followed up with 15 points. Other Bulls in double figures were Justin Simson (11 points, 7 steals & 3 blocks), Simisola Shittu (10 points, 5 rebounds & 4 assists), V.J Beachem (10 points) and Milton Doyle (10 points, 8 assists & 2 steals).
The Bulls clawed their way back into the contest after cutting into the Drive’s 13-point lead to just a 48-47 lead for GR going into the second half but the Drive’s aggressiveness on defense and offense was unmatched. Overall, the visiting team earned 48 points in the paint compared to 32 for the Bulls. Additionally, the Drive tallied up 18 second-chance points while the home team only earned 3. Grand Rapids again proved themselves as one of the best defensive teams in the league by out-rebounding the Bulls 55-28, earning them additional possessions.