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.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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).
PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
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.
STAT OF THE GAME
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).