D-Fenders vs. Bighorns Postgame Report 03/31/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Behind 24 points from Brandon Costner and 19 points from top prospect Shawne Williams, the D-Fenders won the West Division with a 119-108 win over Reno on Monday.
The D-Fenders led wire-to-wire and their lead swelled to as much as 23 points in the first half, but the Bighorns cut it to single digits on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter. L.A.ís lead was at 108-102 with 3:22 left, but the D-Fenders scored 11 of the gameís final 17 points to nab their 10th win in the last 12 contests.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
James Southerland. The Syracuse product scored 20 points (8 for 14 field goals, 2 for 6 three-pointers) and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. Southerland also finished as a team-high plus-14 in 28 minutes. In the last three games, Southerland is averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 56.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Brandon Costner. He scored 24 points on 9 of 14 field goals and 2 of 5 three-pointers. Costner hit 5 of his first 6 shots in the first quarter towards 13 points to help get the D-Fenders off to a quick start and early double-digit lead over Reno.
PROSPECT PERFORMANCE WATCH
No. 5 prospect, Shawne Williams, recorded 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and three blocks. He did not start the second half due to an injury, but returned for the final 5:39 of the third, plus played the entire fourth.
STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders forced the Bighorns into 25 turnovers that led to 26 points. Their defense also helped fuel easy opportunities as L.A. also recorded 37 fastbreak points to just 16 for Reno.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Southerland takes a pass from C.J. Williams at the top of the key, takes one dribble inside the paint and takes off for a one-handed slam, plus the foul.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders (30-17) clinched the West Division with a 119-108 win. They are one-and-a-half games back of Fort Wayne (32-16) for the top playoff spot. L.A. has three games remaining: vs. Erie on Wednesday, at Fort Wayne on Friday, at Iowa on Saturday. Fort Wayne has two games left: vs. Maine on Thu