D-Fenders vs. Stampede Postgame Report 02/22/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Top prospect Terrence Williams scored 33 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench, but the D-Fenders fell 129-128 to the Idaho Stampede in overtime on Saturday night.
THE SET UP
Idaho had just seven players dressed to start the game: Reggie Hearn, Reggie Hearn, Kevin Murphy, Jason Ellis, Dallas Lauderdale, Derrick Caracter, Dexter Strickland. E.J. Singler was active, only by rule that teams need to have at least eight players available. The Stampede lost Bost in regulation, then Caracter with 1:16 left in the overtime period and finally Hearn with 38.9 seconds left. With only four others at the coach’s discretion – Murphy, Lauderdale, Ellis, Strickland – Hearn was allowed to stay in the contest by rule. Idaho was assessed a technical foul and any foul Hearn committed thereafter would result in another technical.
In the final 1:16 of overtime, the D-Fenders missed four free throws. Shawne Williams split a pair before missing the technical free throw, and Josh Magette and Terrence Williams both made 1 of 2. As such, this set up an opportunity for Idaho to win it, down 128-127 in possession of the ball with 7.3 seconds left. After the D-Fenders used their foul to give early in the possession, Idaho inbounded again. Hearn received the ball back off the inbounds pass, dribbled to his left, lost control of the ball, re-gathered himself and threw in a line-drive jumper to give Idaho the win.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Reggie Hearn. He fouled out with 7.9 seconds left, but was allowed to stay in the game with Idaho not having enough players available. Hearn ended up draining the eventual game-winner and finished with 17 points and five rebounds.
Kevin Murphy. He recorded a game-high 47 points, to go along with assists, four rebounds and two steals. Murphy scored 33 in the second half alone on 12 of 18 field goals and 8 of 8 on free throws.
*Watch and listen to Williams' postgame interview. No. 22 prospect, James Southerland, scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench. He hit the game-tying jumper from near the top of the key to send the game into the extra period, but L.A. fell just short.
STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders converted on 32 of 40 free throws overall (80.0 percent), but made just 3 of 7 (42.9 percent) in the three-minute overtime.