Drive's Streak Snapped at Five
GRAND RAPIDS - The South Bay Lakers (19-27) ended their three-game road trip on a high note by defeating the Grand Rapids Drive (24-21) on Wednesday night. The final score was 106-98 as an impressive seven South Bay players scored in double figures on the night. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Drive.
Travis Wear's 19 points stood as the high water mark for the Lakers, and three of his teammates recorded double-doubles. Spencer Hawes had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Scott Machado had 13 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists, and Jemerrio Jones came off the bench to record 14 points and a team-leading 15 rebounds along with a team-high plus-13 plus-minus. Marcus Allen and Justin Harper both scored in double figures off the bench as well for the Lakers, who played only eight players and all but one reached 11 points.
Two-way player Kalin Lucas made an emphatic return to the starting lineup for the Drive, scoring 30 points. Marcus Thornton added 18 points and nine rebounds, leading the Drive in rebounding for the first time this season. Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 13 points and Todd Withers added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Drive started off the game hot, making eight three-pointers in the first quarter, one fewer than the Lakers made all game. But the Lakers were even better offensively and led by four at the end of the first. South Bay was in control for the next two quarters, leading by as many as 17 points as the lead did not change hands until a Drive rally early in the final quarter. But the Lakers were able to respond and close out the victory. The Drive only connected on five threes in the final three quarters and finished the game at 28 percent from deep.
South Bay also played a very disciplined game, allowing only 12 free throws to a Drive team that has been among the best in the league at drawing free throws the past month. They also recorded 28 assists to 18 by Grand Rapids, and held a rebounding advantage as well.
The Lakers will head back home and host the Austin Spurs for a late afternoon tilt on Saturday. The Drive will remain at the DeltaPlex and play the Stockton Kings for their next game on Friday night.
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