D-Fenders Fall to Reno Despite Zubac’s Double-Double

By Joey Ramirez | March 11, 2017

A team currently dealing with major roster overturn found itself working out some issues on Friday night, as the D-Fenders fell to Reno, 114-106. While Lakers assignment player Ivica Zubac provided his services in the form of a double-double, the D-Fenders didn’t have much continuity without recent call-ups David Nwaba (Lakers) and Justin Harper (76ers). Instead it was Sacramento Kings assignee Georgios Papagiannis who had the biggest impact, leading Reno with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

D-Fender of the Game
Vander Blue:
The D-League’s top-ranked prospect had another huge night, racking up a team-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Blue also knocked down four 3-pointers while grabbing eight rebounds and pitching in four assists.

Zubac — who has been effective over his last month with the Lakers — had a fairly strong performance in his first game with the D-Fenders since Jan. 14. The 19-year-old tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds while shooting a solid 9-of-14 from the field.

Prospect Watch
Josh Magette (14):
Even when he isn’t feeling it, Magette always seems to find a way to make an impact. He shot just 1-of-7 from 3-point range and committed five turnovers, but nonetheless had a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.

Key Stat
5: Free throws made by the D-Fenders. It was an abnormally dry night from the foul line for Los Angeles, which missed as many as it hit. Blue alone averages 7.7 made free throws this season, and that bareness was compounded by 22 turnovers committed by L.A.

Looking Ahead
It’ll be a quick turnaround for the D-Fenders, who play Fort Wayne on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Mad Ants (23-16) are currently in line for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, and have been led by NBA vet and 2008 college Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough.

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