D-Fenders at Bighorns Postgame Report 01/02/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

No. 4 prospect Manny Harris (31 points, 10 rebounds) scored 16 in the fourth quarter as the D-Fenders rallied to win 99-95 at Reno on Thursday night. Josh Magette chipped in with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.

KEY MOMENT
Trailing 71-66 heading into the final frame, the D-Fenders used an 18-4 run in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the fourth to gain control of the game. Reno cut the deficit to a single hoop on several occasions late, but the D-Fenders held on thanks to timely shots and free throws down the stretch.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
James Southerland. The 6-foot-8 forward narrowly missed his second straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. The D-Fenders employed a full-court press – as they had in previous games – and Southerland played a key role in guarding the ball, trapping the ballhandler and/or forcing errant passes, while also playing multiple positions on offense and defense throughout the game. Over his last three games, the Syracuse product is averaging 10.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

UNSUNG HERO
C.J. Williams. The North Carolina State product scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists – his fifth straight game in double figures. In the third quarter, he scored 11 of L.A.’s 21 points, and drained all three of his triples to help keep the D-Fenders close entering the final 12 minutes.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
Manny Harris notched his first double-double of the year with 31 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with five assists and four steals. The 6-foot-5 guard scored 16 in the fourth quarter alone to lead the D-Fenders to their third straight win. With his second consecutive 30-point performance, Harris ranks second in the league in scoring at 28.0 points per game.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders used their defense to climb their way back into the game after trailing for much of the contest. They forced Reno into 23 turnovers that led to 33 points, and their full-court press in the second and fourth quarters proved effective. In the fourth quarter, L.A. limited the Bighorns to 8 of 24 field goals (33.3 percent) and forced five turnovers.

PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Josh Magette finds a cutting Williams along the baseline late in the game, who finishes with a two-handed flush.
2. VIDEO: Jamario Moon nabs his first of five blocks in the game, rejecting this shot attempt from Reno’s Brandon Heath off the glass.
3. VIDEO: Harris finds Williams from halfcourt for an alley-oop.