The Austin Toros (14-12) started the game quickly, taking a 10-3 lead after the first couple of minutes, but the Bakersfield Jam (19-9) regrouped and took a 30-27 at the end of the first quarter. From there, the Jam dominated the second quarter with great defense and efficient offense, and carried that to a 107-83 win over the visiting Austin Toros (14-12) Saturday night in Bakersfield.
The Jam outscored Austin 27-14 in the second period, and shot 48% from the field (11-23) to the Toro’s 13% (2-15). It was enough to propel the Jam to a 57-41 advantage at the half. After that, Bakersfield was in complete control as they led by as many as 26 points in the fourth, while cruising to their back to back wins against Austin.
All five starters for Bakersfield scored in double-figures, as Brian Butch had another double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Adam Koch (13 points, 13 rebounds) also recorded a double-double for the Jam. Jerel McNeal and Renaldo Major both scored 20 points, and Major also had five rebounds and four steals. James Nunnally chipped in 19 points for the Jam in his second start of the season, and Stephen Dennis recorded 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists off the bench.
The Toros were led by Cory Joseph, who had a game-high 21 points. Chris Roberts and Patrick Sullivan contributed 14 points each.
The Jam will go on a three-game road trip starting on Friday, February 8 when they take on the Maine Red Claws.
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