Newcomer Arsenio Arrington was among a multitude of players in double-figures for the hometown Danger, scoring 20 points, grabbing 7 boards and rejecting 4 shots while being named the Roberto’s Pizza Player of the Game.
That honor, though, would have been proper for any Danger player as Grand Rapids shot off the starting line from the opening tip and never looked back. DuBois, playing with only seven in uniform, gave the Danger a run for their money in the first six minutes but didn’t have enough gas to keep up with the locomotive that has been the recent rendition the Danger.
In the first, DuBois kept pace at 15-15 but Arrington’s ferocious finish of an inbounds alley-oop coming out of a timeout sent the crowd at the Aldrich Center on the campus of Grace Christian University (formerly Grace Bible College) into a frenzy. The Danger defense then fed off the precision backdoor lob like a cackle of hyenas picking away at its still-living prey. The Dream was over. Grand Rapids slowly pushed the lead to 36-25 by ending the quarter on a 19-10 run.
Once again, Jamel Hatchett played a key role on both ends of the floor and starting backcourt mate Trent Hobson continued to show why coach Forrest Saunders has him out there early on. But it wasn’t just the starters who thrived in the uptempo pace, bench players Derrick Brooks, Miles Robinson and Terrance Shaw turned the Dream’s expected break in to a nightmare. D-Bo and M-Rob each ripped numerous steals away that led to easy baskets and T-Shaw took control of the lane, exploding off the floor for a pair of fierce two-handed dunks.
There was no mercy to be had in the second quarter. The Danger stalked the Dream’s ball handlers with reckless abandon. Arrington opened play with a steal and was fouled attempting a layup. Hatchett scored on a fast break to make it 40-25, the largest lead of the game yet. Grand Rapids finished the half with a 40-19 run that put the game completely out of reach.
After the break, coach Saunders changed up the rotation a bit and D-Bo ran the point-forward spot to allow Hatchett and Hobson to both play off the ball. In no fancy words, it worked. The Danger scored 42 points in the third quarter with the starters off the floor for most of the period. Adam Rayner scored 16 points and Scott Soldan added 13 of his own over the final 20 minutes.
DuBois forward Al Varacello Jr., who had 22 points at the half to lead all scorers, finished with 31 to lead the Dream.
Brooks finished with 25 points, Robinson scored 23. Saunders, Rayner, Hobson, Hatchett, Soldan and Shaw all finished in double figures. Montae Harris, who recently played at Grace, debuted for the Danger.
After the game, the team met with fans to sign autographs on Poster Night.