GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) --- Falling for just the third time in the last 10 games against in-state rival Milwaukee, Green Bay came up short on Saturday night at the Resch Center 87-80. The Phoenix (7-11, 2-3 HL) trailed by nine at the half, but came back in the second half to get within one before the Panthers (8-9, 3-2 HL) seemingly had every answer.
Green Bay got a combined 51 points from Amari Davis (28 points) and JayQuan McCloud (23 points), but it wasn't enough to combat the 31 points from Milwaukee's Te'jon Lucas and 23 more points from Brandon Roy. The Panthers shot 50 percent (30-for-60) in the game, including 55.6 percent in the second half alone and also went 6-for-9 from 3 in that half.
The Phoenix was much improved in the second 20 minutes, going 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) from the field after going just 31 percent (10-for-32) in the first half. GB did not make a 3-pointer in the first half, but did make four in the second going 4-for-7, it's fewest attempts in a game this season. GB was strong at the line, going 22-for-26, but MKE hit 11 3-pointers on 21 attempts to earn the road win.
Late in the first half the two teams found opposite rhythms, with Milwaukee making six of its eight field goal attempts and GB going just 2-for-10 during that same time. MKE used a 13-2 run over that stretch to get ahead.
GB will play two more games at the Resch Center next weekend, welcoming Oakland (Thu., 1/16) and Detroit Mercy (Sat., 1/18) for Hall of Fame weekend.
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