Khyri Thomas leads Drive to Victory

The Grand Rapids Drive extended their winning streak to three games by defeating the Long Island Nets (affiliates of the Brooklyn Nets) 116-107 at the DeltaPlex in Walker Michigan on Saturday night.

The game was a back and forth affair, and the Nets brought their calling-card of stifling opponents beyond the line as the Drive shot just 26% from beyond the arc. But early in the 4th quarter, behind a flurry of buckets from Speedy Smith and Johnny Hamilton, the Drive started to pull away. The Nets were able to stabilize and remain within striking distance, but the Drive held firm till the end.

Pistons rookie Khyri Thomas had an impressive night with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Thomas spent more time with the ball in his hands than he often has in previous outings with Grand Rapids and did create some clutch baskets down the stretch of the game.

Speedy Smith also got in on the scoring, ditching his normal pass-first tendencies to attack the Nets defense with his shot on his way to 23 points.

Pistons two-way player Keenan Evans continued his trend of not standing out in a huge way, but at the end of the night he has a highly efficient scoring line. Evans finished this night with 21 points on just 14 shot equivalents.

Drive coach Ryan Krueger said that they made great efforts to attack the rim, given the Nets tendency to defend the line so well.

Two-way player Zach Lofton also remained out in the concussion protocol.

The Drive have now won 3 straight, with their next game coming next Wednesday against the Lakeland Magic at the DeltaPlex.

 

Photo Credit: Tom Sinke

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