D-Fenders at Stampede Postgame Report 02/01/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
The D-Fenders could not hold a big early lead and eventually dropped a 127-123 road decision to the Stampede on Saturday night. Top prospects Terrence Williams (26 points, nine rebounds) and Shawne Williams (18 points, eight rebounds) helped lead Los Angeles.
Terrence Williams capped a 5-0 run to put the D-Fenders ahead 123-121 with 1:54 left in the game, but Idaho scored the final six points of the game to come away with a split of the weekend series. L.A. missed their final seven shots of the contest and failed to capitalize on multiple opportunities at the rim in the closing seconds before having to foul.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kevin Murphy. The Tennessee Tech product poured in a league-high 51 points on the night, topping Williams’ 50 points the previous night. He also chipped in with eight boards, four steals and three assists, while shooting 21 of 33 from the floor and 4 of 9 from the three-point line.
FORMER LAKERS IN ACTION
Derrick Caracter. The Lakers selected Caracter in the second round (58th overall) in 2010. He’s since had multiple stints with other NBA D-League ballclubs and played in Puerto Rico, Israel and Lithuania. Acquired on Jan. 27, the 6-foot-10 forward/center logged 22 minutes and notched 16 points, plus five rebounds off the bench.
STAT OF THE GAME
Idaho erased a six-point halftime deficit in large part because of their efficiency from the floor. The Stampede shot 66.7 percent field goals in the second half, with many of their scoring opportunities coming from close range. The home team recorded 48 of their 67 second-half points in the paint and 76 of their 127 overall inside.
PLAYS OF THE NIGHT
1. VIDEO: Travis Hyman (16 points, nine rebounds) protects the rim with this blocked shot, which leads to a breakaway dunk for C.J. Williams.
2. VIDEO: Hyman corrals a lob from C.J. Williams on the break and throws it down.
3. VIDEO: Hyman cleans up Terrence Williams’ miss off the glass with a putback slam.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders split the weekend series at Idaho, winning 135-127 on Friday and losing 127-123 on Saturday. L.A. (15-11) now sits a half-game back of Reno (16-11) is tied with Santa Cruz (15-11) for second place in the West Division. The D-Fenders host the Bakersfield Jam on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 p.m. PT. The season series between the teams is tied at two games apiece (131-96 W, 104-100 L, 110-108 L, 107-94 W).