D-Fenders at Toros Postgame Report 03/20/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

Brandon Costner, James Southerland and C.J. Williams each scored 26 points, and Terrence Williams added a double-double (10 points, 10 assists) to help the D-Fenders defeat the Toros 126-113 on Thursday night.

KEY MOMENT
The D-Fenders jumped out to a hot start, shooting 15 for 20 (75 percent) from the floor towards a 40-31 lead after the first quarter. L.A. pushed its lead to 17 points by halftime and Austin would only get as close as eight points late in the fourth quarter.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Brandon Costner, James Southerland and C.J. Williams. Costner finished with 26 points (11 of 17 field goals, 2 of 4 on three-pointers), 12 rebounds, four assists; Williams recorded 26 points (10 of 13 field goals, 6 of 7 on three-pointers), five boards, three assists; Southerland came off the bench for 26 points (11 of 15 field goals, 3 of 5 on three-pointers), plus seven rebounds. The trio helped the D-Fenders get off to a hot start in the opening quarter and maintained their offensive efficiency throughout the game.

PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 6 prospect, Shawne Williams, scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards, but struggled from the floor (5 of 18 field goals, 1 of 7 on three-pointers).

No. 8 prospect, Terrence Williams, posted a double-double with 10 points (3 of 8 field goals, 4 of 7 free throws) and 10 assists in a team-high 41 minutes.

STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders shot 54.9 percent from the floor (50 for 91), including 42.9 percent from the three-point line (15 for 35). They were particularly efficient opening the game (15 for 20, 75.0 percent) and right out of halftime (16 for 25, 64.0 percent) as the D-Fenders scored at least 125 points for the fifth time in the last seven games.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Josh Magette finds a cutting Southerland down the middle of the lane for a big two-handed slam.

WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders 126-113 win over the Toros caps a 4-1 road trip that went through Tulsa, Canton, Fort Wayne and Austin. Los Angeles (26-16) now sits one-and-a-half games ahead of both Santa Cruz (25-18) and Reno (25-18) with eight games left in the regular season. The D-Fenders return home for five of the next six home games, starting with Santa Cruz on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Warriors have won four of the six regular-season matchups thus far.