The Texas Legends (12-8) put an end to a six-game win streak for the Santa Cruz Warriors (12-9) with a 119-106 victory Sunday night on the road.
Jeremy Pargo grabbed the game’s first basket for the Warriors, but Brandon Fields answered to tie it up. Devyn Marble ran it back for another attempt at the lead, but Fields answered again. The two teams exchanged leads three times and tied it up once more before the Legends took control near the six-minute mark with another Fields basket. Texas stayed on top through the buzzer and used a last second basket from Jaylen Hoard to make it a double-digit game. Santa Cruz improved from 37% to 58% in the second but Texas was knocking down 57% and 63% from outside. The Legends built up a 19-point difference midway through the quarter, but Santa Cruz responded with a 16-6 run to cut it to single digits in the final minute. Aric Holman gave the Legends another last second boost with a three ball to finish the half up 59-47.
Texas carried a double-digit advantage through the second half, building their largest lead (+24) five minutes into the fourth. Jordan Poole responded to Texas’ high with a long step back to begin chipping away but the gap proved too large for the time remaining. Texas finished the night shooting 52% and neared 40% from outside while leading on the boards 44-41. Santa Cruz shot 49% from the field and 35% outside and saw only 13 fouls to Texas’ 25.
Brandon Fields earned his second straight start for the Legends and totaled 53 points between the two. In another season-high night Fields posted 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jaylen Hoard came off the bench for 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while Antonius Cleveland added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Aric Holman and Dakota Mathias added 16 points each with Holman finishing 4-of-7 outside and grabbing 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals while Mathias tallied 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Jordan Poole led all scorers with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for the Warriors. Alen Smailagic grabbed 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks, and Isaiah Reese came off the bench for 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jeremy Pargo rounded out Santa Cruz’s double-digit scorers with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Legends round out their California road trip against the South Bay Lakers Tuesday at 9pm CT; fans can catch the action live on ESPN+. The team returns home Jan. 3rd to host the Stockton Kings at 7:30pm. For tickets or information call 214-469-0822 or visit www.TexLegends.com.