Four Bulls Score at Least 20 in Win over Drive
GRAND RAPIDS (January 17, 2018) - Four players scored at least 20 points as the Windy City Bulls (11-14) prevailed over the Grand Rapids Drive (14-15) on the road on Wednesday night. The Bulls were outscored by 12 points in the fourth quarter but still came away with the 114-109 advantage, winning their second consecutive game.
Jaylen Johnson finished as the leading scorer for both the Bulls and the game, finishing with 29 points and eight rebounds, going 12-of-18 from the field. Jarell Eddie added 26 points, Antonio Blakely had 23 points and a team-high six assists, and Daniel Ochefu had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Those four players scored all but 16 of Windy City's points, with six players total finding the score sheet.
For the second game in a row, Jamel Morris shouldered the offensive load for the Drive, ending the game with 27 points and matching Johnson's 12-of-18 shooting from the field. Landry Nnoko continued to make a big impact on both ends for the Drive, as he scored 21 points with a game-high 13 rebounds. Kay Felder struggled with his shot in his first game back in his home state, but he tied Speedy Smith for the team lead with seven assists.
The Bulls attempted just 80 field goals in a relatively slow-paced game, but connected on 43 of them to shoot a robust 54 percent as a team. The Drive shot 52 percent themselves, but went 7-of-24 from three-point range, failing to keep up with the 37 percent clip the Bulls managed from downtown. The Bulls also hit 18 free throws as the Drive continued to struggle to earn trips to foul line, going 10-of-15 for the game.
Despite trailing by 17 going into the fourth quarter, the Drive took a 100-98 lead with just under five minutes to go in the game, and held it as the two teams traded baskets. However, Windy City outscored them 16-9 from that point on to emerge with the win. The Drive had a couple opportunities to force a tie late, but could not get a three-pointer and were eventually forced to foul in the final seconds.
The Bulls will look for their third straight win as they host the Wisconsin Herd on Friday night. The Drive's next action is also Friday night, as they begin a four-game road trip against Western teams at the Texas Legends.
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