Story by Zoe Harmon, Staff Writer
Photo courtesy of GR Drive
With 12 wins and 13 losses, the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons affiliate) aims to chalk up some key wins as soon as possible. The team, which is in the middle of their second season in Grand Rapids, has 25 games left in the regular season. Only time will tell if the team has what it takes to dominate the league.
Luckily, the Drive has a set of talented players on the roster. With an overall average of 16.7 points per game and an average of 27.6 PPG over his last five games, Spencer Dinwiddie is a dynamite athlete. In a recent game against the Delaware 87ers, Dinwiddie scored 28 points thanks to going 3-5 from the three point range and 7-7 from the free throw line.
Unfortunately, Dinwiddie’s record-setting game wasn’t enough to get the Drive a win. After all, basketball is a team sport. The team fell defeated 135-119, much thanks to 87ers Sam Thompson, who had his best game as a professional. This is quite a coincidence as Thompson was traded from Grand Rapids to Delaware on January 13. It’s too bad he didn’t stick around longer.
Another key player is Devin Ebanks, who recently set the franchise scoring record with 43 points in a game. Not only did he set the record, but he did it with 14 seconds left in the game, stealing a pass for a breakaway dunk. In the game, against the Maine Red Claws, Ebanks also had 14 rebounds. Ebanks has continues to score big for the Drive.
In a recent game against the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs affiliate), the Drive lost 112-95. Ebanks and teammate, Kelsey Barlow tried to help in the fight, scoring 20 and 16 points respectively. However, it was not enough to defeat the Spurs, who had 6 players score in double figures.
With home games hosted at the Deltaplex, the 2015-2016 season is the franchise’s second season calling Grand Rapids home. The franchise began it’s life in Anaheim, CA and moved to Springfield, MA before coming to Grand Rapids in 2014.
Grand Rapids Drive games are filled with excitement as the team fights to make a name for itself in Michigan. To view the Drive in live action, tickets can be purchased online and start at $5.00. Wednesday nights are $1.00 beer nights and Friday nights are College Nights. To view the schedule and to buy tickets visit grandrapids.dleague.nba.com.
About the writer…
Zoe Harmon is in her final year at Aquinas College, majoring in Sports Management/Business Administration and minoring in Communication. Zoe is a member of the Sports Management Club where she serves on the board as Treasurer.She is also a Disney College Program Alumni after spending 7 months in Orlando. Zoe has a great passion for travel and health/fitness and in her free time, she enjoys hiking adventures, biking, and spending time with her friends and family.