Toros Post Game Report 2-24-13
The Austin Toros (20-13) are now in a first place tie with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the Central Division after today's victory over the (7-27) Iowa Energy 113-102 in front of almost 3,000 fans in the Cedar Park Center.
The Toros overcame an 8 point deficit after 3 quarters to outscore the Energy 34-15 in the final quarter in part by shooting 70% (14 of 20) from the field and by playing much more aggressive basketball.
"They were winning the paint by 8 (after 3 quarters) and we won it by 16," said Toros Coach Taylor Jenkins as he addressed the team in the locker room after the victory. "Boards, we were only up 6 (after 3) and we won by 18... Each of those little categories are snapshots about how aggressive we were playing."
After committing 19 turnovers in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the Toros settled down on offense by changing up on defense, running a little 2 - 3 zone.
"Coach told us we needed to play with more energy (in the fourth quarter)," said Player of the Game JaMychal Green. "On the defensive end, we ended up getting stops and started getting transition (points) and that's our game."
JaMychal Green, who's been a dagger in the side of the Energy this season, ended the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds on 7 of 9 shooting. On both Thursday and Friday night against the Energy, Green nailed the game winning shot with under 2 seconds to go.
"It's just been a crazy week," continued Green. "Just wanted to come out and compete tonight."
Chris Roberts and Patrick Sullivan each had 16 points while San Antonio Spurs assignee Cory Joseph had 14 points. Jamarr Sanders scored 9 of his 12 points in the 4th period, including a thunderous dunk to give the Toros a 1 point lead with 7 minutes to go.
"It seemed like we got the momentum after that dunk," Sanders told the Austin Statesman after the game. "The fans got into it, and we started playing more together on defense."
As a team, the Toros shot 57% from the floor (40 of 70) and 82% (27-33) from the charity stripe. The Toros out rebounded the Energy 47-29 and dished out 4 more assists (19-15).
"Beating the same team more than twice in a row, 3 times, 4 times, that's a tough task and you guys responded," said the Coach in his post game address. Click the video below to watch his entire speech.
Coach Taylor Jenkins Post Game Speech
Toros Next Home Game Wednesday February 27
Up next for the Austin Toros is the Sioux Falls Skyforce (20-14), who happen to be just 1/2 game back of the Toros and Vipers in the Central Division. The Skyforce will visit the Toros on Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the Cedar Park Center.
The Skyforce, owned and operated by the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, are led by the 6-8 forward out of Syracuse, Demetris Nichols. Nichols, the 21st ranked NBA D League Prospect, is averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds a game.This promises to be an intense game as the margin for error is very slim. A win, and the Toros can be atop the division as a number 2 seed. A loss, and the Toros can find themselves in 3rd place in their division as a 6 seed. With just 17 games to go, every game matters.
Wednesday Nights is 'Winning Wednesday' for the Toros. Fans with a ticket stub from the 2/13 victory can bring that in to receive a free ticket to this Wednesday nights' game. If the Toros win on this Wednesday, then that ticket stub will be good for a free ticket to the next Wednesday night home game, which will be March 27th. Tickets are as low as $5 and can be purchased here.