Idaho 114, Bakersfield 99
BOISE, Idaho (December 26, 2007) – In a one-sided affair and NBA Development League record fashion, Idaho Stampede guard Randy Livingston dished out 22 assists in a 114-99 win over the Bakersfield Jam. Three different players, including Livingston, who tied the record earlier this season on November 24 at Colorado, held the previous league-record of 20 assists. Livingston added 15 points for his sixth double-double of the season.
“We won the game because we have Randy,” said Stampede head coach Bryan Gates.
Bakersfield started the game ahead 2-0, but did not see the lead the rest of the way as Idaho began the game on a tear, building a 25-12 lead with 4:18 left in the first quarter capped off by a Brent Petway put back dunk. The Stampede shot 68% from the field, making 17-of-25 shots on 14 assists in the period, all while holding the Jam to 39% (9-23). Livingston had 11 assists and Idaho led by 17 points at the end of the first.
The Stampede continued to build upon their lead in front of the home crowd during the second quarter, going on a 33-20 run in the period to extend their lead to 30 points with 3:14 left in the half after two more Petway dunks. Idaho finished the half ahead 73-50, while shooting 66.7% (30-45) from the field and 72.7% (8-11) from three-point range. The Jam shot 44% going into the half, but could not overcome a 5-for-5 shooting effort in the quarter, including 4-for-4 from downtown by Stampede forward Ricky Sanchez. Sanchez scored all 14 of his points in the second quarter and did not take another shot the rest of the way.
Idaho finished with six players in double figures scoring, led by Lance Allred’s seventh double-double of the season and his game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Along with Livingston and Sanchez, Cory Violette finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, Petway added a season-high 16 points and Roberto Bergersen chipped in 13 points.
“Lance was Lance tonight,” added Gates. “He is the type of person that will be successful in anything he does.”
Bakersfield had five players score in double figures, led by Andre Barrett with 20 points. Jovan Harris added 17 points off the bench, while James Peters and Scooter McFadgon each had 14 points. Brandon Bowman finished with 13 points in the losing effort.
The Jam (2-14), who have now lost eight in a row and are 0-11 on the road, will now head back to California for a back-to-back set with the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday and Saturday. The Stampede (8-5), who have extended their win streak to three, all wins over Bakersfield, next plays back-to-back home games against division rival Anaheim Arsenal the same two nights.