BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Stampede defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 110-101, on Thursday night at CenturyLink Arena.
The Stampede came out strong, holding the D-Fenders 28.6 percent from the field, and outscored Los Angeles 36-19 in the first quarter. Despite shooting 45.2 percent from the field in the second frame, the D-Fenders outscored the Stampede 29-12 to tie the game, 48-48, at the half. The Stampede took advantage of the break, gaining the lead with 10:27 left in the third frame. Idaho outscored Los Angeles 34-27 in the third quarter. Idaho maintained control in the final period to secure the victory.
“We came out of the gate strong, but hit a burst of turnovers in the second quarter,” said Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper. “At halftime we talked about sticking to the game plan and making corrections to our zone play. ”
All five Idaho starters scored in double figures, led by Treveon Graham, who registered a game-high 34 points and five rebounds. Corey Hawkins recorded a career-high 23 points and six rebounds, while JJ O’Brien registered 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Phil Pressey registered 13 points, seven assists and a career-high six steals, while Utah Jazz assignee Tibor Pleiss added 12 points and nine rebounds. Da’Shonte Riley registered eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders were led by Jabari Brown (27 points) and Vander Blue (17 points).