D-Fenders at Charge Postgame Report 03/14/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

Brandon Costner led seven D-Fenders in double figures with 24 as Los Angeles downed host Canton 125-111 on Friday. Top 10 prospect Shawne Williams added 23 points and James Southerland chipped in with 20. Josh Magette recorded 14 assists to go along with 11 points.

KEY MOMENT
The D-Fenders led by as much as 26 in the first half, but had their lead cut to 11 points at 107-96 with 5:42 remaining in the game. A 12-5 run over the next two-plus minutes pushed the lead back to 18 and Canton only got as close as 13 the rest of the way. Keying the late-game spurt was James Southerland, who had seven points during that span.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
No. 30 prospect, James Southerland. The Syracuse product scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots in 28 minutes off the bench. His play down the stretch – nine points in the fourth quarter – helped L.A. stave off a late rally from Canton.

UNSUNG HEROES
Brandon Costner and Josh Magette. The 6-foot-9 forward tied his season high with 24 points and added nine rebounds. He shot 8 for 14 from the floor, including 4 for 8 from the three-point line. Costner started at center for the third straight game with Travis Hyman sidelined with an injury. Magette posted his third double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-tying 14 assists.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 1 prospect, Manny Harris did not play. He has headed overseas to play professionally in Turkey. Harris was the league’s leading scorer at 31.6 points per game.

No. 7 prospect, Terrence Williams, did not play for the second straight game.

No. 9 prospect, Shawne Williams recorded 23 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 39 minutes. Williams made 8 of 15 field goals overall, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc.

STAT OF THE GAME
Even without their top two leading scorers (Manny Harris and Terrence Williams), seven D-Fenders finished in double figures, with three scoring at least 20. L.A. started hot from in the opening quarter, putting up 40 points on 14 of 25 field goals (56.0 percent), including 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from distance. Overall, they put up at least 125 points for the third time in the last four games.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Southerland challenges Canton’s Sergey Karasev and swats his layup attempt off the glass.