D-Fenders - Stampede Series Recap
Series Recap by Trevor Wong | @trevor_wong
Game 1 (Friday): Although the D-Fenders trailed for much of the contest, Idaho finally put the game out of reach with a 16-5 run over a four-and-a-half minute span in the fourth quarter. The Stampede scored on seven of nine possessions during that stretch, while L.A. was 2 for 6 and committed two turnovers.
Game 2 (Saturday): In the second half, Idaho outscored L.A. 60-38, ultimately putting the game away with an 11-2 run at the beginning of the fourth. The D-Fenders shot just 38.9 percent in the final 24 minutes (14 of 36 field goals, 1 of 9 on 3-pointers), while the Stampede shot 52.8 percent (19 of 36 field goals, 7 of 10 on 3-pointers).
PLAYER OF THE SERIES
Idaho: Reggie Hamilton. Although he battled foul trouble, Hamilton recorded 12 points and 10 assists in Friday’s win – seven and five coming in the final quarter to spur Idaho to victory. In Saturday’s contest, he scored a game-high 28 points (10 of 15 field goals, 6 of 9 on 3-pointers), to go along with six assists.
Los Angeles:Elijah Millsap. Despite the D-Fenders dropping both contests, Millsap averaged 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists over the final weekend of play for L.A. To close the year, he posted four straight contests of 20-plus points, while also recording a season-high in assists (10) in a game vs. Canton on April 3 at home.
KEY STAT OF THE SERIES
In the final 12 minutes of play, Idaho shot a combined 72.7 percent on 24 of 33 field goals. The Stampede outscored L.A. 35-24 in Friday’s game (won 125-101) and 38-25 in Saturday’s contest (won 113-91).
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders dropped their final two games of the regular season to Idaho, losing 113-91 and 125-101. L.A. finished 21-29, third in the West Division behind playoff-bound teams Santa Cruz and Bakersfield. After winning six of seven games in late February/early March, the D-Fenders made a late playoff push, but dropped six in a row after the streak to put them out of playoff contention.