Herd fall to 9-30


Emil Vajgrt

Christian Wood opts for a floater over a Greensboro Swarm player in the Herd’s 105-107 loss at Menomonee Nation Arena. Wood finished with 19 points.

Ally Gwidt, Assistant Sports Editor

The Milwaukee Bucks’ G-League affiliate the Wisconsin Herd went 0-3 last week to remain the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference.

at OKC Blue

The Herd own an overall record of 9-30 after being defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s G-League affiliate the Oklahoma City Blue 109-111 on Wednesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Without Wisconsin’s star center Christian Wood, the Herd managed four double-digit performances against the third-seeded Blue in the Western Conference.
Herd guard Xavier Munford posted a game-high 28 points off the bench on 12-of-18 from the field in Wednesday’s contest.

Center Shevon Thompson stepped up in Wood’s position to record a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while guard Nick Johnson had 18 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Herd.
Seven of nine Swarm players found themselves in double-digits as Oklahoma City snapped their six-game losing streak and extended their record to 26-15 overall.

vs. Greensboro Swarm

Wisconsin’s late fourth-quarter rally was not enough as the Herd fell to the Charlotte Hornets’ G-League affiliate the Greensboro Swarm 105-107 on Sunday at home.
The Herd entered the final quarter within five points, 80-85, but brought the game within a possession, 94-96, after a series of three-pointers from Wisconsin’s backcourt.
Greensboro went on to match each Wisconsin bucket and preserve their two-point lead in the final 3:37 of play, granting them their closest-fought win over the Herd this season.
Wisconsin’s shooting guard Trevon Duval had a team-leading 21 points while the G-League’s second-leading scorer Wood posted yet another double-double with 19 points and a game-leading 20 rebounds.
Wood said the Herd’s slow start was the result of their third loss to the Swarm this season.

“The first half was definitely stagnant,” Wood said. “We picked up the intensity the second half and got the ball moving. We performed well, but we just couldn’t pull it together towards the end.”
For Greensboro, small forward Dwayne Bacon led all scorers with 29 points on 11-of-24 from the field.

Head coach Jordan Brady said a big part of the Herd’s loss came from lack of discipline.
“Being a disciplined basketball team is a big part of being a winning basketball team, especially in close games,” Brady said. “There were a few plays down the stretch we made that just weren’t disciplined. To win close games you have to be disciplined towards the end of the game.”

vs. Agua Caliente Clippers

The Herd lost to the LA Clippers’ G-League affiliate the Agua Caliente Clippers 121-93 on Friday at home.
In their first matchup of the season, the Clippers, who stand at eighth place in the Western Conference and 14th overall, outscored the Herd in every quarter but the fourth.
In Wood’s 26 minutes of action for the Herd, he recorded a game-high 25 points on 11-of-14 from the field while gathering 11 rebounds.

All five of Agua Caliente’s starters posted double-digits, including center Angel Delgado, who had a game-high 16 rebounds and a team-leading 21 points.
Kanellos Garbis, of Greece, recorded his first G-league bucket in Friday’s matchup for the Herd.

“It’s a really tough league,” Kanellos said. “It was amazing that I got to get out there on the floor. For a professional athlete you have to stay positive every day especially when we don’t [get a lot of] minutes. When I have the opportunity [to play with the Bucks], I will be ready.”

The Herd are off until battling the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in their third meeting this season on Friday at home.