D-Fenders vs. Jam Postgame Report
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Despite Ryan Kellyís big game (30 points, seven rebounds), a late bucket sent the D-Fenders home with a 110-108 loss to Bakersfield on Saturday. Kareem Rush had 17 points and seven rebounds and Josh Magette added 16 points and six assists.
In a back-and-forth battle that saw 20 lead changes and 16 ties throughout, the game was decided in the final seconds. Bakersfield forced a D-Fenders shot clock violation and regained possession of the ball with 4.3 seconds left. The Jam inbounded to Brian Butch on the left block, where he missed hard off the glass on the first attempt. Butch, however, gathered his own rebound and banked it in right before the buzzer to give Bakersfield a 110-108 victory.
LAKERS ASSIGNMENT PLAYER IN ACTION
Ryan Kelly scored 30 points for the second time in three games, and also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Postgame, he acknowledged his shot hasnít been falling, but maintains itís just a matter of time before his offense fully comes around. Through five games with the D-Fenders, the Duke product is averaging 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brian Butch. The Wisconsin product sent the Jam home with back-to-back wins over the D-Fenders with his game-winning bank shot. He recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth straight double-double.
Atlanta Hawks assignment players John Jenkins and Dennis Schroder. Jenkins set the tone early with eight points, five assists and four rebounds to pace Bakersfield to a 31-29 lead after the first quarter, while Schroder came up with a go-ahead three-point play down the stretch that preceded Butchís game-winner.
STAT OF THE GAME
Bakersfield, the top rebounding team in the D-League, owned a plus-10 advantage on the glass, including a plus-5 edge on the offensive boards. Their ninth offensive rebound of the fourth quarter led to the game-winning layup. Multiple times down the stretch, the D-Fenders failed to clear the defensive glass and allowed the Jam numerous opportunities (six second-chance points in the fourth quarter).
PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Guard C.J. Williams finds Travis Hyman for the one-handed alley-oop on the fastbreak.
2. VIDEO: Moon records his fourth block of the game with this rejection of Schroderís field-goal attempt in the lane.
3. VIDEO: Kelly drives baseline and slams home a one-handed dunk, plus the foul, to convert a three-point play the old fashioned way.