Road Trip Recap

Recap by Trevor Wong | @Trevor_Wong

The D-Fenders dropped two of three on the road, falling to Santa Cruz, winning at Reno and then falling at Bakersfield to conclude their three-game trip. Here is a look at some of the more interesting tidbits from those contests:



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Mike Taylor #12 of the Los Angeles D-Fenders looks to make a pass.
Lazar Hayward. The Marquette product hauled in 17 boards in L.A.ís loss at Santa Cruz, which tied for the fourth most in team history, while also scoring 11 points off the bench. Hayward was active defensively (two steals, one block), but he also grabbed nine of the D-Fenders 16 offensive rebounds in the game.

Gary Flowers. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 25 points (9 of 15 field goals), grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists in L.A.ís 117-108 win. Flowers scored 13 in the third quarter to help the D-Fenders extend their lead to 17 points entering the final frame. That would prove to be important as Reno made a late run in the fourth, cutting the lead to as little as six points.

Hayward recorded his second double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench. Again, the 6-foot-6 guard was active on the offensive glass, grabbing six of the D-Fenders 14 rebounds on that end of the floor. Flowers also chipped in with 15 points, five boards, five blocks and two steals, showing his inside-outside game on offense while also holding his own on the defensive end.


The D-Fenders forced the Warriors into 32 turnovers that they turned into 33 points, but a poor fourth quarter (6 of 26 field goals and seven turnovers) allowed Santa Cruz to erase a nine-point third quarter deficit. The Warriors won the final frame 33-18 despite shooting just 35 percent from the floor in the last 12 minutes and turning the ball over five times.

Los Angeles shot 54.4 percent from the floor, with each starter converting on at least 50 percent of their attempts. The D-Fenders shot a combined 28 of 45 (62.2 percent) in the second and third quarters toward 73 points. Despite allowing 108 points, their defense limited Reno to just 41.5 percent shooting for the game.

The Jam grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, allowing them to hold a held a 51-42 advantage on the glass over the D-Fenders. Those extra opportunities on the offensive end led to 26 second-chance points for Bakersfield. The home team also converted on 26 of 29 free throws (89.7 percent), while L.A. made just 21 of 36 (58.3 percent).


The D-Fenders dropped two of three on the road to put their record at 13-19, as they now sit in fourth place in the West Division, a half-game behind Reno. L.A. is now four-and-a-half games out of the final playoff spot with 18 games remaining in the regular season. They host the Idaho Stampede tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The D-Fenders hold a 2-1 series edge this year over the Stampede, but split the most recent road/road back-to-backs on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Idaho is led by Durrell Summers (15.4 points, 4.3 rebounds), Justin Holiday (13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds), Sean Evans (12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds) and Coby Karl (12.6 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds).