Toros Post Game Report 1-27-2013
The Austin Toros (14-10) may have played their best all around game against the Divisions' best this Sunday as the Toros defeated the first place Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-9) 106-91 in front of a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Cedar Park Center. The Toros led this game from start to finish, amassing a 25 point lead at one time in the second half, on route to their 7th victory in their past 8 games.
"We talk about respecting the full 48 minutes and we did that today," said Coach Taylor Jenkins after the game. "We kept pressing. Guys kept coming in and playing hard on both ends of the floor and our unselfishness on offense shows. I've been saying this for the past 2 to 3 weeks that we're heading in the right direction."
The Coaching staff has been preaching defense and the results were evident today. The Toros held the Vipers to 37% shooting from the floor and just 18% shooting from the 3 point line.
"Wins- that's a great result but what I'm watching is how we play and how we interact with each other," continued Coach Jenkins. "How's our intensity and focus on defense? Are we making the extra pass and are we playing team ball on offense...and we're doing that!"
The Toros gave up a lot of size to the Vipers, especially with the injury to PF Tyler Wilkerson, yet they outrebounded the Vipers 58-41 in the game. Rick Jackson, in particular, pulled down 25 rebounds while scoring 21 points on Sunday.
"I'd say it was willpower," said Center Rick Jackson after the game about the team's efforts on the glass. "We went out there and gave it our all. As far as rebounding goes, you gotta want to rebound. A lot of those rebounds don't just come to you, you gotta go get it. I think we did a good job of doing that today."
"One Toro in the past, Dwayne Jones, had a 20-plus rebound game," Jenkins told the Statesman after the game. "That has been our message with Rick, and he’s been itching to get a 20-rebound game, so I am really happy for him. I know scouts are going to be looking at that and following up on him, so that is very rare in this league."
In addition to Rick Jackson's strong performance on the glass, JaMychal Green, filling in for the injured Wilkerson, also posted his second consecutive double double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Jamarr Sanders scored a team high 24 points on 8-10 shooting (4-6 from 3 point land).
"It starts out on defense,” Sanders told the Statesman after the game about the team's win. "Everybody is buying in … and we met our goal defensively, which led to easy buckets in transition. When you are getting stops, the offense just flows a lot better, and it showed tonight."
Rockets assignee Donatas Motiejunas was the Viper's scoring leader with 17 points and seven rebounds. Andrew Goudelock, who nearly had a triple double the night before against the Sky Force, added 16 points and a team-high five assists on just 6-16 shooting.
The Toros hit the road this weekend to take on the top team in the D League, the Bakersfield Jam (17-8). The Toros play their next home game on Friday, February 8 at 7:30pm at the Cedar Park Center. Ticket still available here