D-Fenders vs. Armor Postgame Report 02/24/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

The D-Fenders started slowly on Monday, but No. 2 prospect Manny Harris warmed up to score 30 points in a 134-128 win over the visiting Armor. Harris had help as No. 5 prospect Terrence Williams scored 23 points, and Brandon Costner added 22 off the bench.

KEY MOMENT
Tied at 123 with 2:26 left, the D-Fenders closed the game on an 11-5 run. Springfield went 1 for 8 the rest of the way, while L.A. converted on 4 of 5 shots to cap its five-game home stand with a win.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Manny Harris. In his return from a two-game absence, Harris scored a game-high 30 points (20 in the second half), to go along with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. He shot just 9 of 26 from the floor, but converted on 12 of his 14 free throws.
*Watch and listen to Harris’ postgame interview.

UNSUNG HEROES
Brandon Costner and Travis Hyman. Costner poured in 22 points off the bench, to go along with six rebounds, on 5 of 8 field goals (3 of 3 on three-pointers) and 9 of 10 free throws. Hyman recorded 14 points, 12 rebounds (six offensive) and three blocked shots in 22 minutes.
*Watch and listen to Costner's postgame interview.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 5 prospect, Terrence Williams, registered 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. He also hit a key three-pointer with 54.8 seconds left that pushed L.A.’s lead from 125-124 to 128-124.

No. 22 prospect, James Southerland, scored 13 points (6 of 9 field goals) and grabbed six rebounds off the bench in 24 minutes.

FORMER LAKERS IN ACTION FOR SPRINGFIELD
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points and dished out six assists. He is ranked as the No. 5 prospect on the NBA D-League's Watch Board.

Devin Ebanks, acquired from the Texas Legends on Feb. 20, registered 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the bench. Ebanks is the No. 6 prospect on the Watch Board.

STAT OF THE GAME
In another close game, the D-Fenders made 32 of 38 free throws (84.2 percent), two nights after missing 4 of 7 in overtime in a 129-128 loss vs. Idaho.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Josiah Turner comes up short on a shot attempt in the lane but Hyman hustles down the floor for a putback dunk.