D-Fenders at Warriors Postgame Report 12/17/13

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

No. 8 prospect Manny Harris scored 21 points on Tuesday night, but the D-Fenders came up short to the Warriors 115-114 on the road in OT. C.J. Williams scored 22 points, Andre Ingram had 17 points and Gideon Gamble added 16.

KEY MOMENT
For the second straight game, the D-Fenders started slow from the opening tip, falling behind as many as 19 points in the first 12 minutes. Santa Cruz’s lead would stretch to 26 late in the third, and L.A. entered the final quarter trailing 87-65. Still down 106-95 with 2:09 remaining, and 111-103 with 25.5 seconds, the D-Fenders forced overtime on a long three-pointer C.J. Williams. L.A. would have a chance to complete the comeback in the extra period, but Andre Ingram’s jumper hit off the back iron and Santa Cruz escaped with a 115-114 win.

D-FENDERS STANDOUT PERFORMERS
The bench unit of Ingram, Williams, Matt Bouldin, Gideon Gamble and Travis Hyman erased a 22-point fourth quarter deficit to force the extra period. They shot a combined 17 of 29 from the floor (58.6 percent), including 8 of 14 on three-pointers (57.1 percent) in the fourth quarter, while forcing seven turnovers and holding Santa Cruz to 6 of 16 field goals (37.5 percent).

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cameron Jones. The No. 20 prospect on the NBA D-League Watch Board paced Santa Cruz early with nine first-quarter points and hit what would be the game-winning three-pointer in overtime. Jones scored 23 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists in the winning effort. He averaged 22.3 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 boards as the Warriors went 2-1 against the D-Fenders over a four-day stretch.

UNSUNG HERO
Dewayne Dedmon. The former USC product set a Santa Cruz team record with 21 rebounds, and also chipped in with 15 points and four blocks. Though the D-Fenders forced overtime, Dedmon had six of the team’s final 10 points in regulation and also had four rebounds in overtime – two on the offensive end to kill clock time that preceded L.A.’s last possession.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders attempted 44 three-pointers, 14 of them coming in the final 12 minutes. They made 7 of 9 in the last 2:48 of regulation and made three straight in the final 19.5 seconds to force overtime. During the last three games – all against Santa Cruz – L.A. has made 47 of 130 three-pointers (36.2 percent). On the year, the D-Fenders are making 12.4 triples per game, second in the league behind Rio Grande.

PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Bouldin misses a jumper off the front rim, but Hyman follows it up with a two-handed putback dunk.
2. VIDEO: Bouldin throws a lob up to Hyman for a two-handed flush.
3. VIDEO: Josh Magette finds a cutting Manny Harris along the baseline for an easy slam.
4. VIDEO: Hyman denies Jones for an easy two points late in the fourth quarter.
5. VIDEO: Williams drains a deep three-pointer – his third of the night – to tie the game at 112 apiece and force overtime.