The Memphis Hustle NBA G League basketball team wraps up a three-game road trip Thursday night in Reno, Nev., meeting the Bighorns before returning home to meet the Northern Arizona Suns on New Year’s Eve afternoon.
The Hustle, which played at Salt Lake City on Wednesday night, opened the current road trip with a solid 131-115 victory in frigid Sioux Falls, S.D. on Christmas night.
The 16-point win was the Hustle’s second-largest margin of victory this season. At one time, Memphis led the Skyforce (Heat) by as many as 30 points.
Monday’s contest also set an NBA G League season high for points scored in the first half with 79, and team season highs for field goal percentage at 67.3 percent, field goals made at 33 and tied a team season high for assists at 17 in one half of basketball.
Everybody seemed to be finding the range for the Hustle against Sioux Falls, including Durand Scott, who netted a season-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Chance Comanche scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting and has now scored 14 or more in four of his last five games. Dusty Hannahs chipped in with 17 points (3-5 from three-point range) while Trahson Burrell (14 points, 11 rebounds) recorded his fifth double-double of the season to go with seven assists and five steals.
Omari Johnson (13 points), Austin Nichols (11 points), Marquis Teague (11 points) and Shaquille Thomas (11 points) also scored in double figures for Memphis. Jordon Crawford scored nine points to go with a career-high six rebounds and six assists.
Reno, the former Idaho Stampede, is an affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and have put together an 8-10 record before Wednesday’s action.
Reno was led in scoring by Reggie Hearn, who averaged 17.9 points a game. Jack Cooley is the top rebounder, grabbing an average of 8.9 rebounds per game and Marcus Williams leads in assists at 6.5 per contest.
As part of Sunday’s game against Northern Arizona, up to two kids ages 12-and-under will receive free entry per paid adult.
HUSTLE OOPS! Yahoo! Sports reported this week that two Hustle players were removed from their flight from Dallas to Sioux Falls and were accused of taking blankets from the first-class section of the aircraft, when the blankets were actually given to them by first-class passengers as gifts.
An American Airlines flight attendant refused to let the plane take off for South Dakota until Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell were removed from the plane.
Hustle coach Glynn Cyprien released a statement Wednesday, stating, “Obviously, I am disappointed it occurred and the way American Airlines chose to handle the situation in the moment. At this time, we are currently handling the matter internally and working with American Airlines to resolve the matter in an appropriate fashion.”
The airline reportedly apologized to the players, arranged for another flight for them with first class tickets and vowed to further look into the matter.
But Teague and Burrell did miss a holiday team dinner in Sioux Falls, according to the report first published by “The Undefeated,” but they were in the lineup and contributed to the team’s win in South Dakota.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.