NEWARK, Delaware — The Texas Legends, after trailing by 13 in the second half, rallied in the final minutes to claim a 115-111 victory from the Delaware 87ers.
The Legends took the lead early and held on for the first 11 minutes of play behind a combined 21 points from Eric Griffin and Ricky Ledo. Two free throws from Sean Kilpatrick gave Delaware its first lead of the game that it would carry into the final seconds of the third.
The 87ers went into halftime with a 65-61 lead and continued to build the gap up to 13 points behind a balanced shooting attack. With just under seven minutes in the third, the Legends went on a 9-0 run that would turn the momentum of the game. With 21.7 seconds left in the third, Renaldo Balkman added two to his seven third-quarter points, and Texas regained the advantage 91-89.
The final 12 minutes saw four ties, but the Legends found an answer to each of them. With 3:28 on the clock, former Legend Jared Cunningham sunk both free throws to even the score at 107-107. Seconds later, Damion James responded with a long three.
Delaware’s Victor Rudd found an outside shot to even it again, but Booker Woodfox would answer to seal the deal. Cunningham and Woodfox each hit the free throw line for the final points of the game, ultimately ending up at 115-111 with the Legends winning their third straight on the road.
The Legends shot 50% from outside, hitting 16-of-32. Damion James led the game in scoring and rebounds with 26 points and 13 boards.
Mike James added the team’s first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
Griffin tallied 20 points and five blocked shots, while Balkman came off the bench for 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Legends lead the season series 2-0.
Cunningham led the 87ers with 20 points, making 11-of-12 foul shots. Rudd and Malcolm Lee added 19 points each and Rudd led the team with nine rebounds.
The Legends will finish their road trip at Rio Grande Valley on Friday, taking on the Vipers at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, Delaware is host to Sioux Falls at 7 p.m.