Defensive struggles and off shooting leads to double digit loss for the Cruise.
Detroit, MI. – The Motor City Cruise struggled to keep control of this game after letting their early lead slip against the Stockton Kings. Poor shooting and troubling defense plagued the Cruise on their way to a 116-102 loss.
Why It Matters
- Third loss in a row for the Cruise
- Motor City Cruise record: 5-11, 13th in Eastern Conference
- Stockton Kings record: 12-4, 1st in Western Conference
Motor City Cruise By the Numbers
Third loss at home for the Cruise
Biggest lead: Cruise – 9 Kings – 26
Seven players scored in double figures for the Kings
Assists: Cruise – 19 Kings – 26
Field Goal Shooting: Cruise – 43.7% 38-87 Kings – 53% 44-83
Center Jaime Echenique: 20 points, 8-11 FGs, 4 fouls
Guard Keifer Sykes: 17 points, 7-14 FGs, 4 rebounds
Forward Buddy Boheim: 15 points, 4-8 3-pt FGs, 4-10 FGs
Guard David Nwaba: 12 points, 5-11 FGs, 8 rebounds
What They're Saying
“We had some really good looks early on. We scored 11 quick points and after that we kind of cooled down. My concern more-so was on the defensive side of the floor.” -Head Coach D.J. Bakker
“He (Jaime Echenique) never really takes shots out of his character. He knows where to get his shots on the floor. He's a screener, he's a roller, so he gets our guards free, he opens kick outs on the 3-point line, and when we play to him in the pocket, he's really effective and has great touch.” -Head Coach D.J. Bakker
“I want to see that competitive intensity, but I don't want to wait until we're down by 15 to show it. I think we kind of eased into the game defensively tonight. Our competitiveness and our energy last game was off the charts, and we followed it up with a less enthusiastic game.” -Head Coach D.J. Bakker
The Motor City Cruise has another home matchup against the Oklahoma City Blue this Friday at 7p.