The tables turned on the Texas Legends (12-10) in the second half, giving the Stockton Kings (13-7) the 120-109 win Friday night in front of a sold out Frisco crowd.
Texas took control early in the first, but Stockton stayed within arms’ reach never outside of a six-point gap in the quarter. The Legends took their largest lead of the night late in the second, going up by nine, but the Kings finished on a 12-0 run to take a 54-51 edge into the half.
Despite a combined 24-point third quarter performance from Dakota Mathias (13) and Antonius Cleveland (11), the Kings stayed on top through the second half. Fighting from behind, Texas answered a 13-point deficit with back-to-backs from Nate Mason and Cleveland to make it an eight-point game, but Isaiah Canaan finished his night perfect from the free throw line to seal the victory for the Kings.
Mathias led all scorers with 26 points while adding 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Cleveland grabbed another double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks joined by Moses Brown adding 14 points, 11 rebounds, and a block off the bench. Josh Reaves finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and a game-high 3 blocks, and Brandon Fields rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Stockton had seven players finish in double-digits with three hitting the 20-point mark. Isaiah Pineiro finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds while Canaan and Gabe Vincent added 20 points each. Canaan tallied 9 rebounds and 6 assists while Vincent grabbed 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
The Legends host the South Bay Lakers (10-10) tomorrow night at 7:30pm. For tickets or information call 214-469-0822 or visit www.TexLegends.com.