Windy City Falls to Grand Rapids
Hoffman Estates, IL - The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, came up short in the second half of a back-to-back and fell 125-108 to the Grand Rapids Drive on Saturday night at DeltaPlex Arena.
Five Windy City players scored in double figures led by Tyler Ulis who tallied a team-high 23 points, five assists and two steals. Mychal Mulder collected the fifth 20-point game of his career and posted a stat line of 22 points, three rebounds and four steals, while logging a game-high 39 minutes. Ferrakohn Hall added 15 points and seven rebounds and Joe Kilgore record his first double figure scoring effort with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench. Rawle Alkins pitched with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Henry Ellenson, who was on assignment from the Detroit Pistons, recorded his second double-double in his many nights with 29 points and 15 rebounds, both of which were game highs. Five others tallied double figures, including both Grand Rapids Two-Way players. Zach Lofton amassed 21 points and six assists, while Khyri Thomas had 17 points. Johnny Hamilton, Elijah Brown and Michael Bethea Jr. all had 10 points and Hamilton added 10 rebounds for his first double-double the season.
For the second consecutive night, Windy City struggled out of the gate offensively. As a team, the Bulls shot 30 percent in the opening period and made six field goals with Mulder accounting for the bulk of the offense. He knocked in all four of his three-point attempts and tallied 12 of the 17 first quarter points. Conversely, Grand Rapids shot over 60 percent and built a double-digit lead in the opening seven minutes of the game. The Drive led by as many as 17 points in the frame and took a commanding 31-17 lead into the second quarter.
After trailing by as many as 19 points in the early portion of the second period, the Bulls found their footing. Windy City rattled off a 14-0 run in a three-minute span to trim the lead to five. The Bulls shot a blistering 73 percent from the floor in the quarter and eventually battled back to tie the game at 55 before taking a 58-57 lead with under a minute to play in the half. However, Grand Rapids would score the final points of the half on a layup by Lofton and went into halftime with a 59-58 lead.
The pendulum swung in the Drive's favor to start the third quarter as Grand Rapids used a 10-2 spurt to retake a double-digit advantage. Grand Rapids led by as many as 18 points in the period before Windy City rattled off seven consecutive points to cut the deficit to nine. The momentum was short lived as the Drive closed the quarter with an 8-0 run of their own and led by 17 heading into the final 12 minutes.
In the fourth, Grand Rapids extended their lead to a game-high 21 on a three-point play by Bethea. Windy City managed to slice the lead to as little as 12 but were unable to draw closer. After shooting 42 percent a night ago, the Drive shot 62 percent against Windy City and grabbed their first win of the season, 125-108.
The 125 points allowed are the most since Windy City surrendered 129 points to the South Bay Lakers last January. Additionally, the 17-point defeat is the largest since losing by 21 to the Salt Lake City Stars on Jan. 31. With the loss, the Bulls are now 1-4 against Grand Rapids since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Windy City returns home on Wednesday night to square off against the Drive once more. Tip-off at Sears Centre Arena is slated for 7:00 p.m. CT.
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