The Texas Legends (11-8) enjoyed a double-digit victory in their first game out of the Showcase break, using a season-high performance from Brandon Fields to overthrow the Stockton Kings (12-6) 125-115.
The two teams stayed close through the first with the largest lead going to Texas +5. While Stockton knocked down 5-of-9 outside, the Legends found luck in the paint and the two matched quarters at 25. Cody Demps grabbed the first basket of the second from outside to put Stockton on top, but two minutes in, back-to-back baskets from Yudai Baba would give Texas control and reignite the back and forth. After 11 lead changes in the first, the tally climbed to 20 in the second, but Texas finished the quarter on a 24-13 run to hold a double-digit gap (69-59) at the break.
Brandon Fields and Dakota Mathias came out of the locker room ignited, combining for 12 points early in the third to give the visitors their largest lead of the night (+18). Texas finished with a 44-point output in the quarter, but Stockton used a six-point push to the buzzer to cut the difference to 11 heading into the fourth. The Kings continued their quest from outside in the fourth, doubling Texas’ threes. Demps brought the team within eight twice before the midway mark, but Texas found answers each time. With three minutes to play, Texas pulled up by 15 but Stockton responded with seven straight for a final rally attempt. Jaylen Hoard cashed in on a missed opportunity by the Kings and sealed the double-digit victory for the Legends.
Brandon Fields hit 12-of-18 on the night for a season-high 26 points, 5 rebounds, and a career and team season-high 14 assists. Antonius Cleveland added a second double-double for the Legends with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Dakota Mathias hit 50% outside to finish with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and Moses Brown went nearly perfect (10-of-11) off the bench for 22 points while adding 9 rebounds, 2 blocks. Jaylen Hoard added 12 points, 5 rebounds 2 assists, a steal and a block in his first game back from an injury, and Yudai Baba had a season-high 11 points, 3 rebounds off the bench. Chad Brown rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points, 2 rebounds. Texas finished the night shooting 58% overall and 32% outside while Stockton completed 36% outside but only 40% overall.
Cody Demps and Gabe Vincent gave 25 points apiece for Stockton. Demps added 7 rebounds, 5 assists and Vincent finished with 6 rebounds, 2 steals. Kyle Guy tabbed in 17 points, 6 rebounds while Isaiah Canaan and Isaiah Pineiro shared more than a name adding 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists each.
The Legends will continue their California road trip against the Santa Cruz Warriors (12/29 at 8pm CT) and South Bay Lakers (12/31 at 9pm CT). The team returns home Jan. 3rd for a rematch against the Kings at 7:30pm. For tickets or information call 214-469-0822 or visit www.TexLegends.com.