Toros Post Game Report 2-8-2013
The (19-12) Canton Charge spoiled the return of Tyler Wilkerson by beating the (15-13) Austin Toros 93-88 at the Cedar Park Center in front of a crowd of over 4,800 fans.
Wilkerson, who had missed the past couple of games with a knee injury, came back with 16 points and 9 rebounds on 8-13 shooting. Unfortunately for the Toros, the rest of the team wasn't quite shooting as well.
As a team, the Toros shot just 43% from the floor and just 17% (3-17) from the 3 point line.
Up 52-48 at the half, the team was outscored 23-12 in the third quarter.
"This game was lost in the beginning of the third quarter," Toros coach Taylor Jenkins told the Austin Statesman after the game. "We did not come out with the urgency we needed. They went on a run, we called an early timeout and they just kept putting their foot on the pedal."
Cory Joseph, who had 10 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds and 7 steals, agreed with the coaches' assessment.
"In the first half, you know, we had them where we wanted them," said the NBA Development League All Star. "Then in the second half, we came out slow and the jumped on us."
The Toros, down by as many as 9 points in the third quarter, came back to tie the game with under 2 minutes to go on a Kyle Weaver 3 pointer. But the Charge immediately answered with a three pointer of their own by Ryan Rossiter and never looked back.
"It was one of the more physical games we've had," said Patrick Sullivan, who led the team with 20 points. "We knew they were going to be physical. Some of the things we wanted to execute on defense, we did not get to, so we came up short."
After the game, the Toros players auctioned of their special, red trim game worn jersey in support of the American Heart Association. So how does it feel to be standing at center court with people bidding on your jersey?
"It feels good. No matter how much your jersey goes for, it's always good to know that somebody wants your jersey, whether it's $5 or $1000 or whatever it is," said Joseph, whose jersey auctioned for a team high $1,000.
The Toros have a quick 24 hours to regroup and take on the Tulsa 66ers at the Cedar Park Center on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30pm. Both teams have identical records and are tied for the 8th and final spot in the playoffs.
"We're going to come out and play hard and try to clean up some of the mistakes we made today," said Joseph.
Saturday Night is 'Faith and Family Night', sponsored by Spirit 105.9 FM and featuring the band Seventh Day Slumber after the game. Tickets are as low as $5 and are available here.