Opening up their 2018-19 G League regular season, an inconsistent offensive showing and much more led to the Wisconsin Herd falling to the Greensboro Swarm Friday night in Menominee Nation Arena.
Coming nowhere near to matching the fireworks from last year’s regular season opener, it was an opening night to forget for the Wisconsin Herd Friday night as they fell to the Greensboro Swarm 114-98 in front of their home crowd.
The Swarm were quick to get out in front of the Herd to open the contest, which certainly wasn’t helped by the fact that the Herd didn’t knock down their first shot from the field until the 8:25 mark of the first quarter.
With that said, the Herd came within two of the Swarm at the end of the first quarter, thanks to forward Jordan Barnett providing a scoring spark off the bench as he logged a 10-point first quarter.
Due to the Herd clawing their way back into proceedings, the second quarter was a much more hotly-contested one that saw both teams trade bucket after bucket.
Unfortunately, the Swarm kept their control of the lead at an arm’s length of the Herd all throughout the second, despite an electrifying 17-point scoring explosion from reserve swingman Ike Nwamu.
Trailing 57-52 coming out of halftime, it was in the third quarter where things started to unravel for the Herd. Between piling up several miscues handling the ball and the Swarm getting through to score in the paint at will, both factors and certainly more left the Herd facing a 91-78 deficit at the end of three.
Any effort to gain any ground on the Swarm wound up being unsuccessful for the Herd throughout the fourth and final frame as the Hornets’ affiliate reinforced their lead and slammed the door shut on any potential comeback attempt well in advance of the final buzzer sounding.
If you want to point to any stat that summed up the performances for both teams, it was the disparity in the points both clubs scored within the paint as the Swarm came out well on top in that area by scoring 76 points to the Herd’s 46.
So without further ado, let’s hand out our first round of Herd player of the game honors for the 2018-19 G League season as well as checking in with how both of the Bucks’ two-way players looked on the night.