D-Fenders at Stampede Postgame Report 01/10/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

No. 5 prospect Manny Harris exploded for 49 points in the D-Fenders’ 133-124 win over the Stampede on Friday. Harris made 18 of his 26 field goal attempts and finished 11 for 12 from the foul line. James Southerland added 16 points and nine rebounds.

KEY MOMENT
A buzzer beating three-pointer from C.J. Williams at the end of the third quarter jumpstarted a 26-13 run that carried over to the 5:05 mark of the fourth when Terrence Williams’ and-1 gave the D-Fenders their biggest lead of the game at 123-111. L.A. would hold on down the stretch to win their sixth straight game, and their third straight over Idaho this season. Despite the game being a high-scoring affair, the D-Fenders also held the Stampede to just 9 of 25 field goals (36.0 percent) in the final 12 minutes.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Manny Harris, the league’s second-leading scorer prior to the game, poured in a franchise-high 49 points. Harris scored 21 in the first quarter alone, showing his ability to hit from the outside, and get to the basket and free-throw line (8 of 10 field goals, 4 of 4 free throws).

UNSUNG HEROES
Andre Ingram and Josiah Turner. The play of both guards off the bench helped key the D-Fenders push in the beginning of the fourth, as the two combined for 12 of the team’s first 23 points in the quarter. Ingram finished with 10 points on the evening and a team-high plus-16 rating, while Turner had 10 points, six assists and three steals.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 21 prospect, Terrence Williams, put in his best game in a D-Fenders uniform thus far with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.

No. 25 prospect, James Southerland, followed up his 21-point, six-rebound outing vs. Sioux Falls with 16 points and nine rebounds. Southerland, who had been coming off the bench, moved into the starting lineup at the four alongside Travis Hyman up front with Jamario Moon on the inactive list.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders scored a season-high 133 points, topping their previous best of 131 at Bakersfield on Dec. 1. Seven players finished in double figures as L.A. shot 52.6 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from the three-point line.

PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Turner throws an alley-oop to C.J. Williams on the fastbreak, who corrals it with one hand and flushes it home.
2. VIDEO: Josh Magette finds a cutting Southerland on the break for an easy slam.
3. VIDEO: Terrence Williams finds Brandon Costner off the roll for a slam dunk.
4. VIDEO: C.J. Williams beats the third-quarter buzzer with a deep triple from the left wing.
5. VIDEO: Harris denies Idaho’s Dee Bost at the rim.