D-FENDERS LOSE A CLOSE ONE IN OVERTIME
SANTA CRUZ – The Los Angeles D-Fenders fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors 115-114 in overtime at the Kaiser Permanente Arena last night.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders (2-6) held their only lead for 16 seconds in the beginning of the game before falling behind to the Warriors (8-3) early, scoring a season-low 16 points in the frame. Los Angeles slightly closed the gap in the second period with the help of 14 points from Manny Harris, but still trailed 59-46 at the half. After two quarters the D-Fenders were shooting 30.8 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from the three-point line.
The poor shooting for Los Angeles continued in the third quarter and they trailed by as many as 26 points in the frame. Entering the final period down by 22 points, the bench brought the D-Fenders storming back behind a 23-8 run in the final 2:48 of the frame. Down by three, C.J. Williams nailed a three-pointer with two seconds to play to cap the 47-point fourth quarter effort and force the overtime session.
In the brief three-minute overtime period, the two teams combined for only five points and the D-Fenders fell one point short in the end.
The fourth-quarter catalyst C.J. Williams led the charge for the D-Fenders with 22 points (13 in the fourth quarter). Manny Harris (21 points, eight rebounds), Andre Ingram (17 points) and Gideon Gamble (16 points) rounded out the D-Fenders in double-digits. Travis Hyman also pitched in a season-high 14 rebounds off of the bench.
The Warriors were paced by Seth Curry (27 points, seven assists), Cameron Jones (23 points), Daniel Nwaelele (20 points, eight rebounds), Dewayne Dedmon (15 points, 21 rebounds) and Kevin Kotzur (14 points, 15 rebounds). Orion Outerbridge also had a strong showing off of the bench (eight points, seven rebounds).
Overall, the D-Fenders amassed more fast break points than the Warriors (28-26), and forced them into twice as many turnovers (30-15). However, the D-Fenders shot a season-low 37.0 percent from the field and were outrebounded (65-51).
Los Angeles will travel back home for their next contest against the Idaho Stampede on Saturday, December 21, at 6:30pm at the Toyota Sports Center.