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G-League Player Rushed To Hospital After Collapsing Mid-Game


In an incident extremely similar to the one Reggie Lewis was involved in back in 1993, a G-League player for the Grand Rapids Drive -- the sister team of the Detroit Pistons -- suddenly collapsed yesterday towards the end of the game in a matchup with the Long Island Nets.

Zeke Upshaw was immediately taken to hospital after collapsing with a minute to go in the fourth quarter in the final game of the regular season, being taken off the court on a stretcher.

It was later revealled by Peter J. Wallner of that Upshaw "was in cardiac arrest and was last reported to be in critical condition."

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Sarah Jbara, director of media relations for the team, was unsure of Upshaw's condition as he headed off the court on the stretcher, and informed the public in a news release later on that updates would be made available as they came out.

Prior to the collapse, the 26-year-old scored 11 points in a crucial 101-99 win that guaranteed the Drive a G-League playoff spot.

Upshaw, who plays shooting guard and small forward, and stands at 6'6, was averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest over 41 games for the Drive.