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DETROIT, MI – Despite multiple opportunities, the Cruise struggled to close the game, missing seven free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
Why It Matters
The first of two consecutive games between the Motor City Cruise and the Ontario Clippers resulted in a 118-113 loss for the Cruise. Sunday’s loss now totals five straight losses for the Cruise which dropped their regular season record to 1-7. The Clippers improved to 6-3 after their victory.
- The game remained close throughout, with the Cruise only trailing by single digits.
- The Cruise's struggles at the free throw line ultimately cost them the game.
- Jared Rhoden had a strong performance in his return to the G-League, scoring 30 points and grabbing ten rebounds.
Motor City Cruise By the Numbers
- The Cruise shot 15-25 from the free throw line.
- Jared Rhoden led the Cruise with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
- Keaton Wallace of the Clippers had a career-high 39 points.
What They're Saying
- “We had our opportunities, but we just couldn't convert at the free throw line. That's something we need to work on moving forward,” said Cruise head coach D.J. Bakker.
The Big Picture
This loss brings the Cruise's record to 1-7, putting them at the bottom of the league standings. They will have a chance to improve their record in their upcoming back-to-back against the Clippers.
The Bottom Line
The Motor City Cruise's struggles at the free throw line ultimately led to their loss against the Ontario Clippers. Both teams will face off again in a back-to-back on Monday, giving the Cruise an opportunity to redeem themselves and pick up their second win of the season.
The Cruise will play the Ontario Clippers again on Monday, January 16th, in Ontario, in a back-to-back game.