GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Drive (26-24) led from start to finish and defeated the Canton Charge by a 94-83 final to close their season on high note, with a four-game winning streak. The game was played in front of 5377 fans, the largest crowd of the season and the second-biggest crowd in the Drive’s three years in Grand Rapids.
The 83 points allowed by the Drive was their second-lowest total of the season, and they held the Charge to just 36 points in the first half for a new season record. They led by as many as 20 and the Charge’s six-point advantage in the second half was not enough to dent the Drive’s lead from the first half.
Bruce Massey played by far his best game of the season for the Drive and arguably the best game of his D-League career, scoring 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting off the bench with six rebounds. Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and six rebounds as well and Ramon Harris knocked down five three-pointers for 15 points to go with 12 rebounds.
John Holland was a one-man show for the Charge, pouring in a game-high 36 points on 13-of-21 shooting with six three-pointers, also getting six rebounds. Eric Moreland had 21 rebounds with nine points and six assists and Cameron Jones scored 15 points.
Unsurprisingly, the Drive suppressed Canton’s shooting percentages in one of their best defensive performances of the season. The Charge shot 38 percent from the field and 27 percent from deep. The Drive made up for drawing just 11 free throw attempts by shooting 47 percent from the field. They continued their late-season domination of the restricted area offensively, scoring 54 points in the paint on 27-of-39 efficiency.
Canton can now focus on the playoffs, their sixth appearance in a row. They host their first playoff game on April 5 at 7 p.m.