With the calendar flipping from February to March, the Texas Legends flipped a switch and captured a decisive win on Saturday night in Frisco.
The Legends (15-28) used a 25-16 third quarter edge to defeat the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-20) 110-95. Texas had five double-digit scorers, led by Quincy Acy who played in his first Legends home game since December 30, 2016.
“It’s a little different,” Acy said after his highly anticipated return. “I’m just a couple years older really. I think I’m the known veteran now.”
Acy, coming off a pair of ankle surgeries, had 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. He also made three 3-pointers and has attempted 15 from downtown in two games with the Legends.
“I’m just trying to get my rhythm back after two surgeries in a row. It’s tough to get game simulation with your 3’s. I was able to take a couple steps forward after a step back with the surgeries. I’m just trying to get my rhythm back and get my confidence.”
In line with the prevailing NBA trend, Acy says the 3-point shot is something he’s working hard on.
“That’s the way I’m going to stay on the court. With my energy, defending and being able to knock down the open three. That’s how I’m going to get consistent minutes on the floor. That’s my main focus.”
The versatile Xavier Rathan-Mayes started again, this time at shooting guard, and had a double-double of 12 points, 10 assists and also grabbed six boards.
Daryl Macon had 18 points and six rebounds and has 18 or more points in his last four games. The two-way rookie continues to get to the free throw line, going 6-for-8 on Saturday. In those last four contests, he has taken 29 free throws (7.3 per game).
Xavier Johnson came off the bench and scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, also racking up a game-best +14 during his time on the floor.
In his fifth game with the Legends, Billy Preston started at center and had nine points and nine rebounds. With Texas, the former Kansas Jayhawk is averaging a double-double at 12.4 points and 10.4 boards.
Keith Hornsby also contributed nine points, Nate Mason eight and Trahson Burrell five.
The Legends held the Miami Heat affiliated Skyforce to 39 percent shooting (35-90) and just 22 percent (8-37) from the 3-point line.
In his return to the Legends a little over two years since his last appearance with the team, Quincy Acy brings a new version of himself. He says he’s older, and with that age comes more experience.
“I’m just trying to pass on some knowledge and get the young guys to come out and play every night. No matter the record, no matter the time of the season. Just be a professional at all times.”
In between Legends stints, Acy played with the Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns.
“I’m shooting it a little bit more, just letting the game come to me. It’s just experience. When you keep logging years, you get more experience and a little bit more knowledge of the game.”
The Legends are off until next Friday. That’s when they’ll hit the road to face the Salt Lake City Stars (21-21). Tipoff arrives at 8 PM CT.