The Texas Legends (13-10) defeated the Idaho Stampede (10-17) 108-101 Saturday night in Boise.
The two teams got off to a strong start in the first shooting 50% (Idaho) and 55% (Texas) as they battled for the lead exchanged advantage 13 times. Texas’ Patrick Miller went 4-of-5 to power the Legends with 10 points on their way to a 29-28 first quarter edge. After shooting 56% in the first, the Stampede’s outside shots went cold. Just past the halfway mark, Toure’ Murry dished out back-to-back assists to put the Legends on top. Texas would rack up their largest lead of the night 52-41 before Idaho’s Pierre Jackson cut the deficit to single-digits heading into the locker room.
The home team began their second-half rally immediately with a Jeremy Williams jumper from Phil Pressey but the Legends would answer nearly every shot. At the nine-minute mark the Stampede began a 16-6 run to tie it up at 68-all. The two teams exchanged baskets until the buzzer, with Holloway getting the final word in for the Legends at the free throw line to take an 81-80 lead into the fourth. This proved to set the tone for the final minutes as Texas controlled the fourth with a balanced scoring effort from Micheal Eric, Tu Holloway and Murry.
Eric and Miller posted 21 points each to lead the Legends. Miller set a season-high in both scoring and steals (4), while adding 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Eric grabbed 14 rebounds for the team’s only double-double. Brandon Ashley added 17 points, 6 rebounds and Murry neared a triple-double with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Williams led Idaho with the home team’s only double-double of 18 points, 12 rebounds while Brandon Fields matched the team-high 18 points off the bench and grabbed 9 rebounds.