The Hustle’s daunting bubble schedule continued after having Thursday off with a Friday afternoon game against Kobi Simmons and the Greensboro Swarm. The Swarm (2-3) came into today’s matchup after narrowly defeating the Iowa Wolves last night. The Hustle were got Tyrell Terry back in the lineup after he missed Wednesday’s matchup with a wrist injury.
It was another slow start for the Hustle who found themselves down 11 in the early parts of the first quarter thanks in large part to strong starts from Admiral Schofield (6 points), Vernon Carey (5 points) and Kobi Simmons (5 points) in the first 6 minutes of the game. The Hustle hit a few triples to get back in the game, but the Swarm responded with some hot shooting from beyond the arc themselves to extend their lead to 17 later in the quarter. Jason March had to burn 3 timeouts in the first, but the 3rd one lit a fire under his team as Bennie Boatwright sparked a personal 8-0 run to cut the Swarm lead to 9 at the end of the quarter as the Hustle trailed just 36-27 after the poor start.
The Hustle started the second quarter better than they started the first, but couldn’t cut into the Swarm lead until nearly midway through the quarter when they came back and eventually took the lead midway through the second. Great defense helped spark the comeback run thanks in large part to some easy fast-break opportunities. The Hustle and Swarm traded baskets for a bit, before a Hustle run helped them jump out to a 12 point lead late in the quarter. A Swarm run late in the half helped them cut the deficit as the Hustle led 61-57 at the end of the first half.
The Hustle came out strong to start the second half and extended their lead to double digits in the opening minutes, seemingly taking control of the game. The Hustle extended their lead up to 15 points, but couldn’t quite put the Swarm away as they came back and cut the Hustle lead to single digits late in the quarter. The Hustle were able to respond to the Swarm run with a run of their own, ending the quarter with the 88-70 lead.
The Hustle momentum carried over into the 4th as they hovered around a 20-point lead the rest of the way. The Swarm had a couple of small runs in them, but the Hustle had an answer for every one. It was a fun 4th quarter from the Hustle that saw David Stockton finish the game with 13 assists, the second most in a G-League game this season with some fun plays by Shaq Buchanan as well, including this alley oop.
Ultimately, the Hustle wound up with the 118-98 win over the Greensboro Swarm. After a poor 11 minutes, the Hustle dominated the rest of the way en route to the win. Passing was a key factor in the win as the Hustle tied a franchise high with 38 assists on 45 made baskets, with 13 of those assists coming from the vet David Stockton.
Jason March was very pleased with the franchise high 38 assists and said postgame how he was impressed with Stockton’s 13, but also how the other 25 assists were spread out throughout the team with everyone being involved.
The Hustle will be back in action tomorrow at 2:00 PM CT as they are set to face off against Jarrod Uthoff and the Erie Bayhawks.