On Wednesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, the Legends (10-6) held off the Austin Spurs (9-6), 130-125. The Legends won their third straight game behind 47 points from Manny Harris.
Harris’ 47 were remarkably not even his season high. He had 49 opening night and now has a pair of 40-point games with a triplet of 31-point games. After Pierre Jackson’s call-up to the Mavericks, Harris could be soon to follow.
The former Michigan guard also recorded 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. He knocked down an amazing 17-of-28 field goals (61%), doubling his effort at the free throw line making 12-of-14 (86%).
Without Jackson, the Legends lineup was minus the league’s leading scorer. Several players had to step up…and did.
“I mean, we’re missing the best scorer in our league at the time,” Legends forward Jameel Warney says. “You gotta pick up scoring in different areas of the game and just find a way to win.”
Speaking of potential call-ups, Quincy Acy blocked a whopping five shots. He added 17 points with frontcourt mate Warney going for 22 points and 11 boards (5 offensive). Warney made 11-of-13 shots from the field (85%) and had a game-high four steals.
“I feel like my best attribute is playing defense. Being at the right place at the right time, being aggressive.”
Acy, who has been instructed by Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to work on his three pointer, made two out of three tries. If and when he is back with the big league club, the Mavericks will certainly want to utilize his developing outside stroke.
C.J. Williams knows all about the long range jumper and sank half of his eight attempts en route to 18 points. With Williams on the floor, the Legends were +11. 18 players participated in the contest, but none had a bigger impact than Williams regarding point differential.
Off the bench, rangy Kyle Collinsworth had three big blocks. Between he and Acy, they rejected eight Spurs’ shots.
With recent transactions, the Legends used only eight players in the game. Harris played 41 minutes, but nobody logged more court time than Jameel Warney and his 42 minutes.
“I mean, you just gotta be ready for everything,” Warney knows. “Play hard for as long as you can and I played really hard for 42 minutes.”
Playing for the first time since December 22nd, Warney appreciated the holiday season but was anxious to get back on the hardwood. “After the Utah game we all went home for a little bit, spent some time with the loved ones.
“But it was good to get back on the court.”
The Legends return home for a one game stay on Friday, December 30th vs. the Reno Bighorns, D-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, at 7:30 PM CT. The teams have split the season series thus far, with both clubs taking the win at home. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.