D-Fenders Can’t Catch Spurs

By Kyle Dumo | December 11, 2014

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What began as a back-and-forth affair quickly went south for the D-Fenders, as they fell to the Austin Toros, 121-106, on Thursday. The first quarter featured seven lead changes and five ties, but the Spurs never surrendered the lead from there. Led by 12 points and six rebounds from JaMychal Green in the second quarter, Austin outscored the D-Fenders in the second period, 39-25, and nursed its lead for the remainder of the contest.

Player of the Game
JaMychal Green: The former First-Team All-SEC center at Alabama was a monster on the scoreboard and glass. Green made half of his 20 attempts from the field to finish with a game-high 29 points. He also led all players with 18 rebounds to power the Spurs to their sixth straight win.

Prospect Watch
Manny Harris (3): It was another scoring barrage for Harris, who dropped 29 points on 11-for-25 shooting. Starting at small forward instead of his usual shooting guard, Harris also recorded a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds, while also tallying five assists.

Prospect Watch
Roscoe Smith (25): The rookie added to his strong debut season by notching his eighth double-double of the year with 26 points (10-for-17) and 16 rebounds.

“I liked what I saw from them,” head coach Phil Hubbard said, “but again, we were riding them, and we just need everybody to come together for 48 minutes and bring that effort that we brought in the second effort. Just bring that whole effort: getting on the glass, running down the 50/50 balls and doing the things that (get) effort points.”

Key Stat
53.3: Percentage shot by the Spurs. Austin shot 49-for-92 from the field to finish with nine more baskets on six fewer shots than L.A. Bryce Cotton was especially locked in for the Spurs, as he went 11-for-16 to finish with 26 points.

“Defense definitely was the issue, but it’d be like spurts of the game where we had trouble,” Harris said. “I think this game it was the second quarter for like four or five minutes where we just let down and lost focus. We gotta cut down on the little spurts where we let them go up 10, 15 points and try to stay solid the whole game and give ourselves a chance at the end.”

Looking Ahead
The D-Fenders host the Idaho Stampede at 6:30 on Saturday. L.A. dropped back-to-back games to Idaho earlier in the season when the Stampede put together a pair of double-digit rallies.

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