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D-Fenders to quick for Stampede

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The Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Idaho Stampede 114-112 on Wednesday night, at Toyota Sports Center.

The D-Fenders (18-12) got out to a quick start, scoring their first six points over the Stampede (17-15) on the fast break. However, Los Angeles allowed Idaho to shoot 56.0 percent from the floor, giving the Stampede an early five-point lead after one quarter. The D-Fenders responded with a 17-6 run to start the second period, which led to a second-quarter season-high tying 38 points in the frame. In total, Los Angeles shot 49.0 percent from the floor and racked up 24 fast break points in the first half.

The D-Fenders held a 10-point edge at the half, but Los Angeles struggled to hold that lead in the third quarter, allowing Idaho to shoot 66.7 percent from the floor and shave eight points off of the lead. The D-Fenders would bounce back in the fourth frame and push their advantage back to 10 points with eight minutes to play. That lead again slipped away and Idaho took their first lead of the fourth quarter with just under two minutes remaining. Los Angeles retorted once again and Terrence Williams knocked down the two clutch jumpers in the waning minutes to eventually clinch the victory for the D-Fenders.

Manny Harris led the charge for Los Angeles, tallying his fifth double-double of the season (27 points, 15 rebounds). Also finishing in double-digits for the D-Fenders were, Brandon Costner (22 points, eight rebounds), Terrence Williams (20 points) and Travis Hyman (10 points, seven rebounds).

Heading the Stampede attack was Kevin Murphy (28 points, eight rebounds) and Dee Bost (17 points, eight assists, six rebounds). In addition, Pierre Jackson (15 points, 11 assists), E.J. Singler (19 points, eight rebounds) and Derrick Caracter (19 points, seven rebounds) finished in double-digits for Idaho.

Overall, the D-Fenders bench pitched in 48 points and 16 rebounds on the night. In addition, Los Angeles converted seven of their 12 second-chance opportunities for a total of 15 points. Furthermore, the D-Fenders defensive performance held the league’s second leading scorer, Pierre Jackson, to only 15 points in total.

Los Angeles’ next contest will be against the Reno Bighorns on Monday, February 17th, at 1:00pm, at Toyota Sports Center, in El Segundo, California.

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