D-Fenders at Jam Postgame Report 03/28/14

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

Josiah Turner (25 points) led seven players in double figures in the D-Fenders 139-117 win over the Jam on Friday. Top Prospect Shawne Williams added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The D-Fenders jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first four-plus minutes of the game en route to a 41-24 advantage after the opening frame. Their lead would only get below double digits once late in the second quarter as they bounced back from Monday’s loss. The win clinched L.A. a playoff berth and eliminated Bakersfield from postseason contention.

The D-Fenders backcourt trio of Andre Ingram, Josh Magette and Josiah Turner. Ingram and Magette helped get L.A. off to a hot start in the opening quarter, totaling 13 points, five assists and four boards on 5 for 7 field goals and 3 for 5 three-pointers. Turner came off the bench and scored 15 first-half points (12 in the second quarter) to help keep the D-Fenders lead in double digits at halftime – a game in which they led wire-to-wire. Their final stat lines: Ingram (18 points, three assists, two rebounds, 6 of 10 field goals, 3 of 5 three-pointers); Magette (17 points, eight assists, four boards, three steals, 6 for 11 field goals, 3 for 7 three-pointers); Turner (25 points, 10 for 12 field goals, 2 for 3 three-pointers).

No. 5 prospect, Shawne Williams, recorded 20 points, six rebounds and four assists, shooting 4 for 8 from the floor and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line. It was Williams’ third straight game scoring at least 20.

No. 8 prospect, Terrence Williams, returned from a one-game absence and played 32 minutes off the bench. He scored six points, dished out nine assists and grabbed three boards. In the last three games, Williams is averaging 10.7 dimes.

No. 28 prospect, C.J. Williams, tallied 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. He shot 5 for 14 from the floor, including 4 for 8 from beyond the arc. For the fourth time in the last five games, Williams drained at least four triples.

With their eighth win in the last 10 games, the D-Fenders are just 1.5 games back of the best record in the league. Of teams who have clinched, Fort Wayne (30-16) is currently the No. 1 seed, followed by Los Angeles (28-17), Iowa (28-17), Rio Grande Valley (29-18) and Sioux Falls (28-19).

VIDEO: C.J. Williams races back on defense and swats Jerel McNeal’s layup attempt off the glass.