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D-Fenders Eke Out Win, Force Game 3 in D-League Semifinals

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders thrilling 126-124 victory vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: GAME SUMMARY The D-Fenders never trailed, though they nearly allowed the Vipers to completely erase a 17-point deficit. RGV poured in 42 points in the final frame, including 22 in the quarter alone from Isaiah Taylor. However, timely shots from Justin Harper and Josh Magette, plus timely free throws down the stretch were just enough. A last-second three-point attempt from Kyle Wiltjer was off the mark as L.A. forced a decisive Game…

D-Fenders Drop First Game Of Season

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 133-120 loss win vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: FINAL: The #DFenders fall to the @RGVVipers. It is the first loss of the year as Los Angeles drops to 2-1. pic.twitter.com/nZIuk6hsGi— L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders) November 18, 2016 GAME SUMMARY The Vipers’ biggest lead was 17 points, and the D-Fenders managed to cut the deficit to single digits on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter. However, L.A. could not get over the proverbial hump. The coaching staff alluded to the extra possessions…

D-Fenders Dominate Energy, Win Season Opener

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 127-98 season-opening win vs. the Iowa Energy, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: Welcome to the league, coach! The #DFenders knock off the @iowaenergy behind 21 points each from Vander Blue, Justin Harper and Travis Wear. pic.twitter.com/zXdk0Yk1yB— L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders) November 12, 2016 TURNING POINT The D-Fenders outscored the Energy 43-27 in the second quarter, en route to a 15-point halftime lead. Limiting Iowa to just 10-of-29 shooting in the period, while forcing six turnovers played a key part in the turnaround. Coach Coby Karl also noted…

D-Fenders Escape With Game 1 Victory Over Spurs

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 102-97 home playoff win vs. the Austin Spurs, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT Tied at 95 apiece with 5:24 remaining, Justin Harper then drilled a three-pointer that was followed up by a tough left-handed finish from Vander Blue. The D-Fenders closed the game on a 7-2 run, thanks to big plays (and shots) from their stars. L.A. led by as much as 16 early in the contest, but Austin was able to whittle the deficit to just four points heading into the final frame…

Vander Blue Explodes For 43 Points, Leads D-Fenders To Game 1 Win

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 127-116 home playoff win vs. the Reno Bighorns, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT A back-and-forth first quarter featured nine ties and seven lead changes. But it was in the second quarter where L.A. was unstoppable on offense, pouring in 47 points and shooting 62.1 percent from the floor that pushed their lead to 15 by halftime. The man mainly responsible for that? It was Vander Blue, who scored 18 of his game-high 43 in that quarter. PLAYER OF THE GAME Speaking of Blue, the…

D-Fenders Win 11th Straight at Home Behind Hawkins’ Career Night

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 107-91 home win vs. the Erie Bayhawks, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT The Bayhawks scored the first two points of the game, then the D-Fenders took control in finishing the first quarter on a 26-8 run. Justin Hawkins keyed the surge, scoring 12 straight points during one stretch to finish with 21 points and six boards in the opening 12 minutes. Speaking of Hawkins… PLAYER OF THE GAME Hawkins poured in a career-high 43 points on an efficient 15-of-25 field goals, 4-of-6 from the…

D-Fenders Rally Falls Short To Bakersfield Jam

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 108-103 home loss vs. the Bakersfield Jam, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT An 11-4 run over a four-minute span completed a furious rally for the D-Fenders as they erased all of a 16-point deficit to tie the game at 103 on a Josh Magette bucket with 51.1 seconds left. But Bakersfield responded with a three-pointer from Terrico White and Magette’s answer on the other end rimmed out that all but sealed L.A.’s first home loss of the season. PLAYER OF THE GAME Askia Booker.…

D-Fenders Knock Off Defending Champs, Improve To 2-0

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 104-101 home win vs. the Santa Cruz Warriors, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT Trailing 95-92 with under three minutes left, the D-Fenders received back-to-back three-point plays that put them ahead for good. The first came from Manny Harris, the second from Vander Blue on the ensuing possession. However, the ending of the game made for quite the drama. With the D-Fenders up three after two Harris free throws, Justin Hawkins was ejected from the game. Santa Cruz was granted a free throw, which Darington…

D-Fenders Erase Early Lead, Defeat Stampede

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Here is a closer look at the D-Fenders 122-110 home win vs. Idaho Stampede, breaking down some of the more important aspects of the game: TURNING POINT After falling behind by as much as 13 early, the D-Fenders slowly crept back into the game by outscoring the Stampede 60-42 over the second and third quarters to take control. L.A.’s lead stretched to as much as 17 before hanging on to win. Coming off a back-to-back game, both the coaching staff and players alluded to a slow start in part due to tired legs. However, the energy noticeably picked up on…

Vander Blue Hits Game-Winning Buzzer Beater

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Trailing by as much as 24 points late in the third quarter, the D-Fenders left Idaho with a 119-117 win thanks to a leaning, buzzer-beating three-pointer from Vander Blue. Blue finished with 33 points, seven assists and four boards, his third straight game with at least 30. Even entering the final quarter, the D-Fenders still found themselves trailing 95-79, but a 40-22 advantage in the fourth, plus 11 points from Blue in the last 4:09 was just enough. L.A. clamped down on the defensive end in limiting Idaho to 6-of-21 field goals in the fourth and a 1-of-6 mark from…

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