In the second game of a back-to-back against the Reno Bighorns (13-28), the Bakersfield Jam (29-12) came away with another victory in posting a 114-104 win at the Dignity Health Event Center. Thanks in large part to having six Jam players score in double figures, Bakersfield earned its 29th victory of the season, tied the most wins in franchise history (29-21 record in the 2010-11 season) and have nine games left to improve on the mark.
As was the case in the previous game, the Jam opened up a 16 point lead in the second quarter (50-34), but Reno went on a run of their own to cut the Jam’s lead to just four points at the half (54-50). It was a tightly fought third quarter that ended with a 75-75 tie, but the Jam created breathing room in the fourth quarter and was able to outscore Reno 29-19 in the final period. For the game, Bakersfield shot 46% and held the Bighorns to just 36%. Also for the second consecutive game, the Jam dominated the glass with a 52-35 advantage.
Bakersfield was led by Jerel McNeal, who finished with 20 points, James Nunnally scored 14 off the bench, Brian Butch got another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and so did Quincy Acy (13 points,12 rebounds) and Damion James (10 points,11 rebounds), and Renaldo Major had 11.
Reno was led by Samardo Samuels, who scored 19 points. Ronald Dupree and Tajuan Porter had 18 each, while Orien Greene and Desmon Farmer totaled 13 apiece.
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