It may have been an easy week for the Austin Spurs, with only two games on the schedule, but those two back-to-back games were full of excitement, as we approach the final month of the Development League season.
Last week’s slate started and finished with the Oklahoma City Blue, who despite having the worst record in the Western Conference, managed to nearly sweep the back-to-back against the Spurs.
In Friday’s contest, Austin started out the first quarter on fire with a little help from guard Keifer Sykes, who had 14 of the Spurs’ 32 first quarter points. The Spurs would maintain a slim lead for three quarters until their offense and defense abandoned them down the stretch, as Oklahoma City took the first game of the double-header, 95-91.
The silver and black managed to follow up Friday’s meltdown with their worst shooting performance of the season, shooting 37.4 percent from the field on Saturday night.
Oklahoma City would flip the script on Austin, dominating both sides of the ball for three quarters. But Saturday’s hero would be 27-year-old point guard Demetri McCamey, who practically brought the Spurs back all by his lonesome in the fourth quarter, helping Austin force overtime. Both teams would score six points in the first three minute overtime period, letting the recently returned Orlando Johnson nail the game-winning layup in double-overtime to give the Spurs a 96-94 victory.
Up next for the second place Austin Spurs (21-13) is another weekend back-to-back versus the Oklahoma City Blue (12-23). Saturday will be a matinee for the two teams from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City before returning to the Cedar Park Center for their final matchup of the season.
A quick update on point guard Bryce Cotton who is currently playing for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Flying Tigers eliminated the Stephon Marbury-led Beijing Ducks in the first round of the CBA playoffs on Sunday, winning 103-94. Cotton had 18 points and two assists in the victory.
The Tigers now advance to the semifinals against the Sichuan Blue Whales, who are led by guard Justin Dentmon. If you don’t remember Dentmon, the 6-foot-1 point guard out of Washington won MVP of the Development League in 2012, and helped the then Austin Toros capture their first D-League championship. Dentmon had a brief two game stint in San Antonio during the 2011-12 season as well.
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