The Blue Coats suffered a tough loss at home to the Drive 91-100. This game was the first game the Blue Coats have failed to score 100 points this season. This was also tied for the lowest scoring game by a Drive opponent this year as they also held Westchester to 91 points in a win earlier this season. Adam Woodbury led the way for the Drive with 16 points in the win.
The Blue Coats came out hot leading 24-18 in the 1st quarter where defense was a huge factor for the Blue Coats. In the 2nd quarter the Drive were able to cut down that led to just one by halftime.
The Blue Coats pulled away a little in the 3rd quarter including a 9-0 run off of a Johnson timeout which came off of three straight threes. This game took a turn come the 4th it was all Drive as they out scored the Blue Coats 34-22 in the quarter. The Drive were able to cap the game with a huge put back dunk by Donta Hall that put the Drive up 7 with 28.6 seconds left in the game.
Marial Shayok had an off night scoring 14 points which for any player may not be an off night but, for the G-league’s leading scoring it is. Coming into this game he was averaging an impressive 24.6 PPG. Christ Koumadje also struggled on the offensive end with only 4 points compared to his 10.6 season average.
The Blue Coats struggled on the boards as the Drive had 60 points in the paint and had 28 second chance points. In the second half alone the Drive scored 42 of their 57 points from the paint.
When asked about the struggles in the paint coach Johnson said “It’s disappointing that we let them get whatever the number is (referring to 28 second chance points) that kind of changes the game.”
Jared Brownridge when asked about the loss was focused on the road trip up ahead and the matchup coming up next week, “We play them again in a week and we know what things to change so we need to recollect as a group and come out strong on this road trip.”
Two positives to take out of the game is that Zhaire Smith seems to be getting on track with 19 points and he was also 4/6 from beyond the arc. The other positive is that the perimeter defense looked good for the Blue Coats as they held the Drive’s leading scorer Jordan Bone to 9 points and only allowed him to go 3/17 from the field.
Jordan Bone was a player who was originally drafted by the Sixers in the 2019 draft. His draft rights were traded on draft night to the Pistons for a 2nd round pick and cash consideration.
Luckily, the Blue Coats have a chance at revenge as they are scheduled for a rematch next Friday against the Drive. This game starts at 7PM ET and is at the Deltaplex arena.