Stampede 100, Jam 87 (F)
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 5 – It took a bit longer than planned, but the Idaho Stampede overwhelmed the Bakersfield Jam 100-87. The game was delayed about an hour due to travel issues with inclement weather in other parts of the country for both the visiting Jam and the referees. The victory extends Idaho’s overall winning streak to seven games, and the Stampede remain undefeated at home with an 8-0 record.
“We played as a team tonight,” said Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates. “When you share the ball and defend as a unit, you’re going to have some success. It was great to get the win in front of all of those fans that were so patient for the start of the game, considering the circumstances.”
As was the case the previous night against the Tulsa 66ers, Idaho never trailed in the contest, jumping all over Bakersfield early with a 23-4 run. The Jam never recovered, shooting under 24% for the first quarter while turning the ball over seven times. Idaho shot 52.6% from the field and built a 19-point lead going into the second quarter at 30-11. The 11 points scored in the quarter by the Jam was the lowest point total for a quarter given up by the Stampede all season.
Bakersfield began the second quarter in much better shape, going on a 10-2 run to cut the Idaho lead to 11 at 32-21 after a Scooter McFadgon three-pointer and free throws by Jovan Harris and Anthony Wilkins. However, over the next four minutes of action, Idaho went on an 18-4 run of their own, capped by a Mouhamed Sene lay up to put the Stampede ahead 50-25 with 4:56 remaining in the half.
Cory Violette led the charge for the Stampede to start the second half, sparking a 13-6 run to push Idaho to its biggest lead of the game at 31 points with 7:50 remaining in the quarter. During that run, Violette contributed two lay ups, two free throws, two assists, a jump shot from deep in the paint, a block shot, and a three-pointer.
Bakersfield finished with four players with double figures scoring, led by Andre Barrett who had a game-high 24 points and eight assists. Harris contributed 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. McFadgon pitched in 13 points, while James Peters added 10 points. Kosta Perovic, on an NBA assignment from the Golden State Warriors, snagged 12 rebounds in the loss.
Idaho had six players in double figures, led by Violette with 16 points and nine rebounds. Randy Livingston finished with 15 points and 11 assists, his ninth double double of the season. Sene, on NBA assignment from the Seattle SuperSonics, contributed 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Lance Allred added his tenth double double of the year with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Roberto Bergersen had 13 points, and Mike Taylor put in 10 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.
The Jam (3-17), losers of three straight games, travel home to face the Tulsa 66ers on Wednesday and the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday at Rabobank Arena.
The Stampede (12-5) stay home to play the Colorado 14ers and Fort Wayne Mad Ants next Friday and Saturday nights before hosting the 2008 NBA Development League Showcase from January 14-17.