Idaho 118, Los Angeles 111
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 27 – The Los Angeles D-Fenders were outscored 30-17 in the final quarter, as they fell 118-111 to the Idaho Stampede on Thursday night at the STAPLESCenter.
Los Angeles lost its first game of the season, dropping to 1-1, while Idaho (2-1) used a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter to get back over .500 on the season.
“We could have defended better, particularly around the basket. I thought with our interior defense, they got too many easy baskets on us,” said D-Fenders head coach Dan Panaggio. “We talked about it throughout the game, to make everything as difficult as possible, but they got too much easy stuff.”
Los Angeles was led by forward Sean Banks’ 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Center Jelani McCoy provided defensive help with 10 rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Coming off the D-Fenders bench was guard Cecil Brown, chipping in with 15 and six rebounds.
“I know I can score, but I think I could have done more to help put my team in a position to win," Banks said. "Without the win, it doesn’t matter how much I score."
Reigning D-League MVP Randy Livingston nearly recorded a triple-double, tallying 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Providing the scoring in the paint was Lance Allred with 23 points and 14 boards. Idaho controlled the boards, and finished the night with a 48-33 advantage.
The D-Fenders will host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the STAPLESCenter with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off. Idaho will head home to face the Dakota Wizards in its home opener on Friday night.