D-Fenders at Jam Postgame Report
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
The D-Fenders dropped a 104-100 road decision to the Jam on Friday. Ryan Kelly led L.A. with 21 points, while Brandon Costner scored 16 with 10 rebounds.
Trailing 98-89 with 4:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, the D-Fenders went on an 11-3 run to cut the deficit to 102-100 with 41.7 seconds left. L.A. forced Bakersfield into a shot clock violation on the ensuing possession, but a potential game-tying jumper from Jamario Moon was off the mark. The D-Fenders were forced to foul and Bakersfield converted two free throws for the final tally of the game.
LAKERS ASSIGNMENT PLAYER IN ACTION
Ryan Kelly recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 42 minutes. Kelly struggled a bit with his shot on the night, converting just 6 of his 18 field goals, although he did make all seven of his free throw attempts.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
John Jenkins. Assigned from the Atlanta Hawks prior to the game, Jenkins scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter when Bakersfield pushed their two-point halftime lead to double digits entering the final frame. Though known for his outside shooting coming out of Vanderbilt, Jenkins repeatedly got to the rim (10 free throw attempts total) as he attacked the D-Fenders defense throughout the game.
Mac Koshwal. The DePaul product recorded 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, his second double-double in the last four games. All of Koshwal’s 13 shot attempts – most of them from easy lay-ups – came from within five feet or less, via NBA.com/DLeague/Stats.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Jam scored 56 points inside, compared to just 32 for the D-Fenders. Of Bakersfield’s 82 field-goal attempts, 47 came from within five feet or less, via NBA.com/DLeague/Stats. Bakersfield’s guards – Jenkins, Hawks assignment player Dennis Schroder and Aaron Johnson – repeatedly got into the teeth of the defense, creating for themselves or their teammates, and the big men crashed the glass (13 offensive boards) for easy opportunities.