CHICAGO – The St. Louis RiverSharks beat the Windy City Groove 135-119 Saturday afternoon for their sixth straight win. A 46-point third quarter – the highest scoring quarter this season – paved the way for the RiverSharks to put up the most points in a game by any team this season. St. Louis (9-2) also tied the Bloomington Flex for first place with the win.
The RiverSharks shot a season best 67 percent and 8-of-18 from 3-point range and had four players crack the 20-point mark with a total of six scoring in double figures.
Terry Leake turned in his best performance of the season with 34 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Hogg (25), Jerrold Brooks (22), and Marcus Goode (20) were the other 20-point scorers.
Goode playing in just his fourth game with the ‘Sharks has increased his point total in each game he has played and also grabbed a season-high nine rebounds Saturday, including five on the offensive end.
Keith DeWitt had a low scoring night for him despite the team’s offensive explosion. DeWitt did post his second double-double in three games with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Terry Evans — known more as one of the better and more versatile defenders — made it into double figures for the fifth time this season with 11 points and was his usual active self on the glass grabbing seven rebounds.
The MPBA’s longest active winning streak looked like it could be on the rocks when the two teams headed into their respective locker rooms for halftime. The Groove led 67-60 despite St. Louis shooting 67-percent for the half.
In the third quarter, the RiverSharks somehow shot even better and played some of the first effective defense of the game. St. Louis shot 15-of-20 in the quarter they would take the lead for good. Leake and Goode scored 12 points apiece in the period. The RiverSharks used a 16-2 run to end the quarter and the Groove shooting a comparatively pedestrian 43 percent to build a 110-88 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
The Windy City Groove (2-10) dropped their fifth straight game despite shooting 62 percent and scoring a season-high 119 points. The Groove were led by Lavante Douglas with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Christopher Dillard with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
The RiverSharks and Groove were scheduled for a rematch on Sunday at the Family Arena, but due to the latest snowstorm the MPBA rescheduled the game. As a result, St. Louis next plays at the Champaign Swarm (9-3) March 7. The game is the second of what is now — due to the snow — five straight road games. The ‘Sharks next play at the Family Arena March 25 for their makeup game with the Windy City Groove.
(Photo Credit: Mick Lite)
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