The Legends returned home Saturday night and looked to continue their three game winning streak against Justin Patton and the Iowa Wolves.
Unfortunately, they were unable to do so. Iowa’s early hot shooting helped them cruise to a 118-111 victory.
For Texas, they were led by the big fellas. Both Warney and Motley finished with double doubles, with leading scorer Justin Dentmon having an off night. He scored just 19 points on only 4-18 shooting.
Iowa was led by former Duke Blue Devil Amile Jefferson who posted an impressive 28 point, 21 rebound line. Former Laker Antony Brown also pitched in for the Wolves, finishing with 21.
The Wolves did whatever they wanted right from the jump. They opened with a 31 point first quarter then followed up with a 36 point second period. They shot 59% from the floor, and 62% from three on 8 makes on a balanced scoring attack.
By comparison, the Legends shot 42% from the field, and 19% from three on a meager three makes in the fist 24 minutes.
For a team that prides itself on being offensively explosive it simply wasn’t enough.
“Just low energy.” Big man Jameel Warney said
“We just kind of had a lack of effort, honestly.”
Texas would roar back in the third however, inspired by a 24-7 game changing run.
“We just picked up the pace. Really picked up the tempo. We had the fresher legs and we took advantage of it.” Assistant coach Zendon Hamilton said of the run.
Iowa responded after the large Texas push to take an eleven point lead into the final frame, setting the stage for them to put the Proverbial nail in the coffin.
Texas hung around and hung around, but couldn’t manage to trim the Wolves lead any lower than five.
A 7-0 Wolves run with 5:27 left in the game capped by an Amile Jefferson lay-up pushed the lead to 16, and the Legends could not recover.
It was a game that was seemingly defined by the Legends inability to get over the hump, and when asked why that was coach Hamilton chuckled and simply said, “I don’t know man.”
The Legends will have the opportunity to get this one back January 10th against James Young and the Wisconsin Herd. Streaming options are available on the the team website or via the G-League mobile app.
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