D-Fenders at Mad Ants Postgame Report 04/04/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
James Southerland scored 28 points, but the D-Fenders lost 129-128 in double overtime to the Mad Ants. Shawne Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Terrence Williams added 16 points and 11 boards.
The Mad Ants led by 32 at halftime, in part due to the D-Fenders struggles from the floor (29.4 percent field goals). But L.A. mounted a huge rally in the second half, outscoring Fort Wayne 69-37 – including 42-25 in the fourth – to force overtime. Over the final 5:59 of the fourth, the D-Fenders amassed a 28-14 advantage over the Mad Ants, with Terrence Williams’ dunk before the buzzer in regulation capping the late rally. The game would eventually go to two overtimes, as L.A. nearly pulled off the comeback, but Travis Hyman’s bucket in the second extra period was ruled to have come after the final buzzer sounded.
D-FENDERS STANDOUT PERFORMERS
James Southerland and Josiah Turner. Southerland chipped in with a game-high 28 points off the bench, to go along with five rebounds, while Turner added 16 points (all in the second half) and eight assists. Both players helped key the D-Fenders rally, combining for 32 of the team’s 69 second-half points on 13 for 18 field goals.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Matt Bouldin. He scored just 13 points on 6 for 20 shooting from the floor, but had two buckets in the second overtime, including the game-winning layup. Bouldin also grabbed six boards and dished out four assists in 43 minutes.
STAT OF THE GAME
The D-Fenders were whistled for 33 fouls, as two of their players – Shawne Williams and James Southerland – fouled out and five others accumulated at least three. Williams and Southerland both fouled out in the first overtime and L.A. was forced to play without two of its top big men in the second extra period.