Los Angeles 115, Idaho 98
EL SEGUNDO, CA – Brian Chase poured in a career-high 39 points as the Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the visiting Idaho Stampede, 115-98, on Sunday evening at STAPLES Center.
Los Angeles (23-11) used a 22-5 run to begin the fourth quarter en route to the blowout victory over the top seeded Stampede. Idaho, down by as many as 21 points in the contest, never got the lead within single-digits after a Brandon Wallace jumper at the 9:01 mark.
“We needed to get this game;” said Chase. “We felt a sense of urgency and we felt that we had a chance to win our last game against them so we put a lot of focus into this one. Things started to roll as the game went on.”
Errick Craven chipped in 14 points and 6 assists in his first start of the season for the D-Fenders and forward Stephane Lasme added 13 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks in the win.
“We played really good defense in the fourth,” said D-Fenders Head Coach Dan Panaggio. “We got stops and once we got up big in the fourth quarter; that seemed to be the end of it.”
Chase, averaging 26 points in his last four games, connected on seven 3-pointers and was perfect from the charity stripe. Chase finished the night with six rebounds and six assists.
“Brian Chase was great.” said Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates. “That’s why he is one of the top guys in the league. What a talent he is. He got everyone involved and he only had one turnover.”
Despite 16 points and 15 rebounds from Stampede center Mouhamed Sene, on assignment from the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles dominated inside, outscoring Idaho 52-34 in the paint. Randy Livingston led the way for Idaho recording his 16th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 assists.
Idaho dropped to 26-8 on the season after losing for the first time this season at STAPLES Center.