Drive Fall at Home Saturday Night
GRAND RAPIDS - Archie Goodwin's 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals off the bench helped lift the Maine Red Claws (8-15) to a 109-102 win on the road against the Grand Rapids Drive (9-13) on Saturday night. The Red Claws allowed just 14 points in the first quarter and pulled away enough in the second half (outscoring the Drive by nine) to earn the win.
In addition to Goodwin, Justin Bibbs scored 23 points to lead the Red Claws and PJ Dozier finished with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. The majority of Maine's runs came with their bench players in the game, though, as evidenced by Goodwin finishing with a plus-18 plus-minus and John Bohannon leading all players with his plus-27 in 29 minutes. Bohannon also had nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.
For the home team, Michael Bethea Jr.'s return to the starting lineup was a success as he ended with a team-high 22 points. Johnny Hamilton provided 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Drive, Marcus Thornton also had 19 points, and Shep Garner scored 16 points with six rebounds and four assists. Speedy Smith continued to post big numbers for Grand Rapids as well with 13 points, six rebounds and 12 assists, but his eight turnovers also marked a new season high by a Drive player.
The Drive continued their recent stretch of stellar shooting from deep (42 percent on 33 attempts), but due to the disciplined defense of the Red Claws, Grand Rapids shot only nine free throws the entire night. The Red Claws also only had 10 turnovers all night, meaning the Drive had to work for every basket.
In front of a season-largest crowd of 4,419, the Drive bounced back from their slow start to outscore the Red Claws by seven in the second quarter. But the Red Claws were the superior team for the other 36 minutes.
Both teams' next games will take place on Thursday. The Red Claws head back to Maine to play host to the Long Island Nets, while the Drive draw a matchup with the Northern Arizona Suns, again at the DeltaPlex.
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