GREENSBORO, N.C. — Despite cutting Maine’s lead to just three points late in the fourth quarter, the Swarm fell to the Red Claws 120-109 Friday night at the Fieldhouse.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle that saw seven ties and neither team leading by more than single digits. Each team had hot shooting performances from the field through two quarters with the Swarm shooting 55.0 percent and the Red Claws shooting 56.1 percent in the first half. However, after going into the half with Maine leading just 58-61, the Red Claws would start the third quarter on a 13-6 scoring run to create some separation. After trailing by as much as 13 early in the fourth quarter, the Swarm would respond and cut the Red Claws lead to just three with 4:19 remaining in the matchup. Maine however would once again answer and go on a 7-0 run to grab a double-digit advantage with just over three minutes remaining.
The Swarm were led by another stellar scoring performance from Cat Barber who went 12-of-22 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line for 31 points. Fellow starting guard Rasheed Sulaimon (25 point, four rebounds) also notched a 20-plus point performance, the fifth time he has done so this season. In his first game back with the Swarm after two Gatorade Call-Ups with the Charlotte Hornets, center Mike Tobey came close to yet another double-double, with 17 points and nine boards. Archie Goodwin also added 20 points and seven boards.
The Red Claws meanwhile were led by starting forward Adel Nader who notched 32 points and nine rebounds while Marcus George-Hunt had a double-double night with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Jones also added 28 points for Maine.