A few days after notching back-to-back wins for the first time in franchise history, the Greensboro Swarm struggle to an 114-87 blowout loss against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The Greensboro Swarm headed out west to embark on a road trip, and things didn’t get off to a great start. In the first game of a three-game road swing, the Swarm fell 114-87 to the Skyforce.
By the Numbers
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A day after being named the NBA D-League’s performer of the week, Greensboro guard Xavier Munford struggled mightily against Sioux Falls. The guard shot a dismal 0-10 from the field and was 0-4 from three-point range. However, the guard was still able to make plays, as he contributed eight assists and four rebounds to the team effort.
Greensboro only had four double-figure scorers, led by former Duke and Maryland standout Rasheed Sulaimon, who dropped 22 points and six assists on 4-5 shooting from downtown. Meanwhile, veteran Damien Wilkins continued his strong play, contributing 21 points, seven rebounds, and five dimes. Center Mike Tobey returned from injury to contribute 18 points and 11 boards, but only shot 5-16 from the field (2-8 from three).
One bright spot for the Swarm was former NC State standout Ralston Turner, who added 12 points off the bench, as well as Shonn Miller (eight points, five boards).
As a unit, the Swarm only shot 38.8% from the field (33-85) and turned the ball over 24 times. In addition to that, Greensboro was outscored in the paint (42-30) and on the fastbreak (36-16). On the positive side, Greensboro outrebounded Sioux Falls 44-40 and scored 22-second chance points. Overall, a slow start to a 15-point third quarter doomed the Swarm as the Skyforce extended their lead to as much as 26 points.
On the other side of the things, the Skyforce had balanced scoring and hit 15 of their 31 three-point attempts. Okaro White had 22 points and 5 rebounds, Jabril Trawick had 20, Keith Benson had 18, Briante Weber added 16, and Luis Montero had 11. Marcus Posely added 14 off the bench for Sioux Falls.
Turner is a good shooter and will need to continue shooting the lights out like he did for Mark Gottfried at NC State. Miller is coming along nicely, but with Tobey and the occasional Christian Wood playing big minutes, it might be hard for him to find some consistency.
Against the Skyforce, Greensboro hit 11 of their 30 three-point attempts, a decent 36.7 percentage. However, Sioux Falls simply got hot, and those threes added a lot of separation, especially in the second half. Sioux Falls also hit 19 of their 23 free throws, while the Swarm only hit 10-18 (55.6%). The foul calls were pretty even, but the Swarm needs to make the most of their opportunities when they get to the line.
As a whole, this game was a poor showing and the bench must be more productive in the scoring column, but the team definitely has talented pieces. All they need to do now is to bring that same punch night in and night out.
The Swarm will look to get the losing taste out of their mouths when they hit the floor again on Thursday, December 1st against the Texas Legends.