The Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, had their first true road test this week in Memphis as they took on the Hustle on Tuesday and Thursday. The Legends had won four straight before their two-game set in Memphis, but how did they fare against the Hustle?
Texas Legends fall to Hustle as Carlik Jones drops 30
The Texas Legends lost 106-100 on Tuesday night, but Carlik Jones had his third 30-point game of the young season. Ferron Hunt also dropped 18 for the Legends as Sam Merill led the Memphis Hustle in scoring with 25 points, while Texas Tech alum Jarrett Culver netted 21.
The Legends kept switching up their defense between man and zone and it appeared to confuse the team some in the second half of the game. Players were not on their assignments, and it led to Merill and Culver scoring so much. This was a fantastic lesson for this young Legends team early on in the season.
Eugene Omoruyi explodes as Texas Legends top Hustle
The Legends cruised to a 115-99 win over the Hustle on Thursday night as Eugene Omoruyi went off for a season-high of 36 points. JaQouri McLaughlin had a 24-point 11-assist double-double as the Dallas Mavericks two-way players dominated the action.
Amad Caver would lead the Hustle in scoring Thursday night with 23 points and Freddie Gillespie had a 16-point ten-rebound double-double. They seemed to be out of sorts with Merill out of the lineup as their offense sputtered.
The Legends played a significantly better game on Nov. 18. They were able to sink wide-open shots and the defense was also in sync. Players weren't missing their assignments, and they clamped down on Culver so he didn't have a repeat performance.
The Legends will return home for a two-game series with the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets G-League affiliate) next weekend with games on Nov. 26 and 27 at the Comerica Center.