Toros Postgame Report 1-25-13
The Austin Toros (13-10) lassoed the Idaho Stampede (6-17) 104-94 Friday Night in front of a crowd of more than 2,600 fans at the Cedar Park Center.
The Toros played terrific basketball in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, outscoring Idaho 68-45 and leading by as many as 21-points in the second half. However, in the fourth quarter, Idaho climbed back into the game, pulling to within 5 points, thanks to a combination of great defense and sloppy ball handling. The Toros shot just 2-of-16 and turned the ball over nine times in the final quarter. Despite the victory, Coach Jenkins found room for improvement after the game.
"Our defense intensity picked up (in the 2nd and 3rd quarters) and guys created turnovers, energy plays, winning plays, things that we talk about for all four quarters," said Austin Toros coach Taylor Jenkins after the game. "In the 4th, we let it get away from us a little bit. Our guys are figuring it out. We talked about respecting the full 48 minutes of the game."
For the game, the Toros shot 44% (38-86) from the field and 41% (7-17) from the 3 point line. 8 of the 9 players that played scored 9 points or more.
Friday's victory marked the 6th win in the past 7 games. How are the Toros doing it?
"We're constantly getting better, not just in the game, but in our practice and our preparations" said Coach Jenkins.
Tre Kelley lead all scorers with 21 points in just 25 minutes and was named the Player of the Game.
"Tonight it was just one of those games," Kelley told the Austin Statesman after the game. "I got some open shots, hit a few early, got into a rhythm and I just wanted to keep attacking."
The game also marked the debut of SG Chris Roberts, who was traded this week for reigning MVP Justin Dentmon and Luther Head. Roberts scored 10 points.
"The offense was very fresh," Roberts told the Austin Statesman. "Just knowing the timing, different screens and reading the big men, so it was really fresh."
San Antonio Spurs Guard Cory Joseph had 19 points and a team high 6 assists along with 5 rebounds. Rick Jackson (12-11) and JaMychal Green (12-10) each pitched in with double doubles to help the Toros improve to 6-5 at the Cedar Park Center.
Idaho was lead by Guard Justin Holliday with 20 points and Carlon Brown with 16. The Stampede make their way up I-35 to take on the Texas Legends Saturday Night.
Head Coach Taylor Jenkins Post Game Interview
Sunday's Game Against Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Tonight's victory helped move the Toros to just 1.5 games behind the division leading Rio Grande Valley Vipers (14-8) who come to Austin to play the Toros this Sunday at 3pm.
RGV, owned and operated by the Houston Rockets, is lead by #15 ranked Andrew Goudelock (21pts/5 asst / 4 reb), #17 ranked Tim Ohlbrecht (14 pts / 7 rebounds) and #28 ranked Maalik Wayns (19pts /5 asst/ 4 rebounds). Also, Donatas Motiejunas has been a monster in his 5 games for the Vipers, averagine 23 points and 11 rebounds
What can the Toros fans expect to see in this matchup?
"Another great one! Texas rivals going at it. RGV is the leader in our division, they're playing really well, and they've got great talent," said the Coach. "We've got great talent as well, so this is going to be another barn burner."
Sunday is 'Family Fun Day' for the Toros. Fans can get 1 ticket + 1 Hot Dog + 1 Soda for only $11 by calling 512-236-8333.
In addition, Sunday is also Live Fit Day. Pregame activities presented by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center include a Family Fun Run starting at 10:30am. Arena doors open at noon for vendors and Zumba, Yoga and cooking classes (each on a 20 minute rotation). Ticket still available here