D-Fenders vs. Skyforce Postgame Report 01/06/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

Five players scored in double figures as the D-Fenders defeated the Skyforce 116-109 on Monday night in Reno as part of the NBA D-League Showcase. Brandon Costner scored a season-high 24 points off the bench, while No. 4 prospect Manny Harris added 18.

Trailing 59-55 at halftime, the D-Fenders outscored the Skyforce 41-27 in the third to take an 86-76 lead into the final frame. They shot 15 of 22 from the floor (68.2 percent), including 4 of 8 from the three-point line in the first 12 minutes out of halftime, and on the defensive side, the D-Fenders forced seven turnovers that led to 10 points.

Jamario Moon, the No. 26 prospect on the NBA D-League Watch Board, recorded 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, and finished with a team-high plus-18 rating on the night. Moon was particularly effective in the third with eight points, four boards, three dimes and three takeaways to key L.A.’s second-half surge.
*Watch and listen to Moon's postgame interview.

Brandon Costner and James Southerland. Both Costner and Southerland recorded season highs in points with 24 and 21, respectively. Trailing 30-23 after one quarter, the two paced the D-Fenders in the second, combining for 23 of the team’s 32 points to pull L.A. within two buckets at halftime.

The D-Fenders held the Skyforce to 38.3 percent field goals in the second half. After allowing 59 points on 47.8 percent field goals in the first half, L.A. stepped up on defense in the third and fourth quarters. DeAndre Liggins, Sioux Falls’ second-leading scorer (16.2 points per game), was held without a field goal in 40 minutes and finished with just five points – one point in the second half – on the evening.

The D-Fenders won their fifth straight game overall, defeating Sioux Falls for the second time this season, 116-109. The D-Fenders face off against the Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City affiliate) for the first time this season on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The 66ers (4-13) are led by No. 11 prospect Reggie Williams, who averages 20.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Mario Little (Kansas) ranks second on the team in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while shooting 38.4 percent from the three-point line. Little has drained at least two triples in eight straight games. Tip is at 7:00 p.m.