Series Recap - D-Fenders vs. Jam
March 29-30, 2013
Series Recap by Trevor Wong | @trevor_wong
Game 1 (Friday): The D-Fenders led by as many as 16 points midway through the fourth quarter, but Santa Cruz took the lead at 104-103 on two Travis Leslie free throws with 30 seconds left. Out of a timeout, Courtney Fortson nailed a pull-up jumper to give the D-Fenders back the lead they would never relinquish. L.A. scored the final six points thereafter to capture a 111-104 win on the road.
Game 2 (Saturday): The script for Saturday was similar to Friday’s contest, but flipped: Despite the Warriors leading by 11 points midway through the fourth, the D-Fenders used a 16-4 run to take a 100-99 with just 22.8 seconds left. Santa Cruz failed to convert on their next possession, but a turnover off the rebound gave the Warriors another chance. This time, Jeremy Tyler scored the last of his 31 points on a layup to give the visitors a narrow 101-100 victory.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Santa Cruz: Jeremy Tyler. The 6-foot-10 forward/center poured in 31 points off the bench in the Warriors win on Saturday, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Tyler scored four of the last six points for Santa Cruz, with his final bucket being the game winner with 10 seconds left.
Los Angeles: Courtney Fortson. The Arkansas product recorded 21 points, eight assists, four boards and three steals in L.A.’s win on Friday. He scored 12 in the fourth quarter alone, including the go-ahead bucket that put the D-Fenders in front for good.
KEY STATS OF THE SERIES
Game 1 (Friday): The D-Fenders forced 27 Santa Cruz turnovers that led to 26 points. L.A., though, also had 21 miscues of its own. Even though the Warriors had 17 turnovers in the second half, the home team still found themselves in a position to win the ballgame late.
Game 2 (Saturday): In the second game, L.A. committed 24 turnovers, which Santa Cruz turned into 31 points. Seven came in the fourth quarter, the last one allowing the Warriors one more opportunity to take the lead – and they did off a Jeremy Tyler lay-in that proved to be the game winner.
WHERE THEY STAND
A weekend split – 111-104 win and 101-100 loss – with Santa Cruz puts the D-Fenders record at 20-27. L.A. was eliminated from playoff contention prior to Friday’s contest, but still have three games remaining, starting with Wednesday’s home tilt – their last home game of the year – against Canton (28-19). It is the first regular-season meeting between the two squads. The Charge are led by guard Kyle Gibson (16.6 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds) and forward/center Arinze Onuaku (12.7 points, 9.5 rebounds).