NBA D-League Playoffs: Toros Advance With Win Over Wizards
If there was a story of the game besides the Toros three pointers, it was Alonzo Gee, who warmed up after re-acclimating himself to the Toros again with 24 points and 4 rebounds. The reason Gee was called up in the first place, first to the Wizards, then the Spurs, was his athleticism and ability to get to the bucket. That's what he did. Dakota's defense, which was terrific for most of the season and in their game two win, fell apart as the Toros were able to open up the floor for open threes.
Lester Hudson, on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, dropped 21 points, but needed 20 shots to do it. The Wizards shot just 41% from the field thanks to the length of the Toros defenders.
And the unlikely hero for the Toros? Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, the 5-10 backup point guard for the Toros who has been with them for three years had 19 points on 6-11 shooting, going 4-6 from beyond the arc. The Wizards managed to contain Marcus Williams (just 7 points) and hold Jerrells to 25 points on 20 shot attempts, but getting outscored on the bench end as well was enough for the Toros to win a sloppy one.
The Toros will now get several days off before meeting the winner of Rio Grande Valley and Reno, the series which just started on Saturday. Game two of that series is tonight at 9PM ET on Versus. The Toros don't need the rest, per say, but will use the extra time to continue to get back in sync with Gee and Marcus Williams trying to find their place next to one another for the first time. The Toros would probably actually rather face Rio Grande Valley, who lack a dominant big man, rather than trying to face down Rod Benson and company for the Bighorns.
Quin Snyder has not failed to make it past the first round in his three D-League seasons.