The Bakersfield Jam (28-12) broke the game open in the second quarter while outscoring the Reno Bighorns (13-27) by a 39-21 edge, and used it to control the rest of the game on their way to a 115-102 Friday night win at the Dignity Health Events Center in Bakersfield.
The lead grew to as many as 25 points in the second half, as the Jam dominated in points in the paint (62-38), fast break points (26-6), rebounds (52-38), and assists (33-14). Bakersfield shot 51.2% (43-84), while holding Reno to 40.8% (31-76), and posted five players scoring in double figures.
The Jam was led by Damion James, who scored 14 of his 22 points in the second quarter, and made all six of his field goal attempts, including two three-pointers. James also finished with a double-double, as he pulled down 11 rebounds. Brian Butch (14 points, 15 rebounds) also finished the night with a double-double. Jerel McNeal scored 16 points and dished out nine assists, while Adam Koch scored 15 points off the bench. Quincy Acy had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Stephen Dennis had a game-high of 13 assists to go along with eight points off the bench.
Reno was led by Dar Tucker, who had a game-high of 28 points. Ronald Dupree scored 18, Orien Greene added 15, and Samardo Samuels finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The same two clubs will go at it again on Saturday in Bakersfield.
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