It was an eventful day for the Legends as they prepared for their matchup against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Long overdue, Marc Stein reported that the Dallas Mavericks would be signing Jameel Warney to a 10-day contract, effective on Sunday. Warney has had an impressive year since he’s averaging 20.1 points, 9.6 boards, and 2.8 assists per game.
The Stony Brook product was also named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2017 for his efforts in the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup, in which he was named the MVP while Team USA won the gold.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 7, 2018
Two-way players Jalen Jones and Johnathan Motley started the game off hot, as they combined for 24 of the Legends 31 points in the first quarter. Trey McKinney Jones and DeQuan Jones began heating up in the early second but Jones and Brandon Ashley countered, giving Texas a 59-53 halftime lead.
In the second-half, the trio of Jalen Jones, Johnathan Motley, and Brandon Ashley continued to fill up the scoreboard. DeQuan Jones led Fort Wayne back into the game, who scored a game-high 37 points and was a problem for Texas all night but it wasn’t enough as the Legends held on to a 117-105 victory.
The trio of Jones, Motley, and Ashley combined for an impressive 86 points, with Motley leading the way with 32 on 13/14 shooting from the field. The trio shot 9/16 from downtown.
Warney added 13 points, eight rebounds, three dimes, and four steals in the wake of his rumored call up.
“I woke up from a nap and had a lot of messages. Didn’t pay no mind to it; I’m a popular guy,” Warney joked speaking on how he found out about the potential call up.
Warney’s first game is slated to be against the New York Knicks on Tuesday. “It’s crazy. A lot of family members in New Jersey where I’m from so hopefully a lot of people come watch me suit up,” he explained about debuting so close to home. “It’s a surreal moment. Finally happened.”
Coach MacKinnon has consistently preached his admiration for Jameel and how he deserved to be playing at the next level. “Hopefully on Sunday that happens and when and if it does happen, it’ll be one of the best days of my career.”
The Legends will head north to face off against the Oklahoma City Blue on Friday in the first game of a back-to-back before coming back home to Frisco to play the Reno Bighorns on Saturday.
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