The Memphis Hustle lost to the Texas Legends 117-106 Monday morning at Landers Center. The team hosted Financial Literacy Education Day and entertained over 3,000 kids from schools in the Greater Memphis area and Northern Mississippi.
The game was extremely tight for the majority of the contest, with neither team leading by more than six until the 1:30 mark of the third quarter. After Memphis opened up the scoring the final frame to cut the Texas lead to 87-80, the Legends went on a 10-0 run over the next 1:53 to extend the lead to 17.
Texas owned a 58-40 advantage on the boards and outrebounded the Hustle 20-11 on the offensive glass. The 20 offensive rebounds were two shy of a season-high for any Hustle opponent. Additionally, the Legends outscored the Hustle in the paint by a 62-46 margin.
Omari Johnson (21 points, 10 rebounds) led the Hustle in scoring and posted his third double-double of the season. Marquis Teague poured in 20 points and tied a game-high for assists with seven. Chance Comanche posted 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and is averaging 26.0 points per game over his last two outings. Durand Scott (13 points) and Austin Nichols (11 points) also scored in double figures.
The frontcourt tandem of Mavericks two-way player Johnathan Motley and forward Jameel Warney spearheaded the Legends attack. Motley had a game-high 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds. Warney (20 points, 10 rebounds) also posted a 20-10 effort. The rest of the Legends starters also scored in double digits, including Donald Sloan (18 points), Brandon Ashley (16 points) and Wade Baldwin IV (15 points, seven assists).
The Hustle conclude their three-game home stand as the team hosts defending Western Conference champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the fourth matchup this season between the two clubs on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and start for as low as $10. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-Hoop.