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Ugly loss at home for the D-Fenders

LA D-Fenders defeated by Tulsa 66ers
LA D-Fenders defeated by Tulsa 66ers
Jeremy Meyer

The Los Angeles D-Fenders were defeated by the Tulsa 66ers 128-112 at the Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night.

The first quarter featured three lead changes and five ties, as both the D-Fenders (11-9) and the 66ers (7-15) scored seemingly at will, combining for 78 points in the initial twelve minutes of play. In the second frame, Los Angeles failed to seal off the middle of the floor and allowed Tulsa to tally 30 of their 37 points in the paint while shooting 65.4 percent from the floor. The poor defense allowed the 66ers to jump out to a 17-point halftime advantage over the D-Fenders. Overall, Los Angeles was out-shot 63.5 percent to 45.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent to 36.4 percent from the three-point line in the first half.

The D-Fenders were able to slow down the 66ers offense in the third period, forcing them into five turnovers and holding them to nine converted field goals on 42.9 percent from the floor. However, Los Angeles was unable to capitalize and trailed by as many as 24 points in the quarter. The fourth quarter proved to be much of the same for Los Angeles, who were unable to climb out of the large deficit and eventually earned their ninth loss of the season.

The D-Fenders were led by Terrence Williams (19 points, eight assists), C.J. Williams (19 points), Andre Ingram (17 points) and Brandon Costner (13 points, nine rebounds). Josh Magette pitched in 12 assists and Gideon Gamble produced 13 points off of the bench as well for Los Angeles.

Rodney Bartholomew (32 points, 15 rebounds), Oklahoma City Thunder assignment player Andre Roberson (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Ben Uzoh (16 points, 12 assists) all finished with double-doubles to lead Tulsa. Reggie Williams (16 points) and Jon Kreft (10 points) also finished in double-digits for the 66ers.

In total, the D-Fenders allowed the 66ers to score the most points any team has scored on them this season (128) along with the most field goals (50) as well. In addition, the D-Fenders allowed Tulsa to score 70 points in the paint, which accounted for 55 percent of the 66ers’ points. Los Angeles did prove adept at getting out in the open floor, out-scoring Tulsa 26 to 17 in fast break points.

The D-Fenders next game will be on Monday, January 20th, at 1:00pm, versus the Reno Bighorns at the Toyota Sports Center.

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