Tyler Harvey scored 20 points and Memphis Grizzlies' assignee Ivan Rabb added 19, but late possessions proved costly as the Memphis Hustle dropped its second straight game to the Stockton Kings, 103-100 Thursday night at the Landers Center in Southaven.
Stockton defeated Memphis 103-94 last week in California in the finale of a season-long six-game road trip for the now 13-9 Hustle. Stockton improved to 12-7 and has now won seven straight contests.
In an extremely tight fourth quarter, Tarik Phillip put the Hustle ahead 97-95 with 3:45 remaining. However, the Kings would hold Memphis scoreless the rest of the way until a three-pointer at the buzzer by Tyler Harvey finished up the contest.
“I thought they started the game off with more energy than we did," said Hustle coach Brad Jones. "We were able to get the lead in the second half. We had some terrific stops down the stretch but they had some too. It was a disappointing outcome for us, but they're a good team and they're going to be in the playoff hunt."
Harvey seemed to be the most productive for Memphis Thursday night with his 20 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.
"Tyler's been on a really good stretch," Jones said. "He was all-G League Showcase. He's in a good rhythm and he's a guy who could get a lot more shots than he does but he's also getting other people involved."
Kalin Lucas led the Kings with team highs in points (21) and assists (6), including the team's final six points of the game. Reggie Hearn scored all 20 of his points in the first half and finished 6-of-9 from three-point range.
Memphis returns to the road briefly to play a noon game Saturday at Austin, Texas, then returns home to meet the Canton (Ohio) Charge Monday night at the Landers Center, starting at 7 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: In Thursday night action, Lewisburg defeated Kossuth 68-45, with Zach Hammett scoring 18 points and Eli Lamb getting 15 more. Magnolia Heights topped Washington School 54-43 and Northpoint Christian outscored Memphis Catholic 82-54.
GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS: Thursday evening action saw Kossuth defeat Lewisburg 72-18 and Magnolia Heights claimed a low-scoring 27-19 decision over Washington School.
QUISTORS PLAY NATIONAL HOOPFEST: The Olive Branch boys basketball team took on Chicago, Ill. Simeon Friday night in the National Hoopfest at Olive Branch High School. The Quistors will move to Briarcrest Christian School on Saturday night to continue in the classic and face Bartlett, Tenn. High School, which entered the weekend with an 11-1 record. Game time for the Olive Branch-Bartlett game is at 8 p.m. Part of the $12 ticket price for the event goes to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
HAYES LEADS MTSU TO ANOTHER WIN: Former Horn Lake Lady Eagle A'Queen Hayes' 16 points led Middle Tennessee State to a 49-43 Conference USA schedule-opening win over Florida International Thursday night. Hayes, a graduated senior transfer from Eastern Kentucky, added 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the campaign.
BAKER TIES SEASON STEALS HIGH IN WIN: Former Northpoint Christian all-stater Ashtyn Baker threw in six points but tied her season high for steals with three in Liberty University’s 61-42 victory over West Chester Wednesday, the Lady Flames’ final non-conference contest before the start of Atlantic Sun Conference play. Baker’s thievery gave her at least one steal for the 17th straight game, dating back to last season. Liberty has a 4-9 overall record.
SINGLETARY SET FOR FCA EVENT: Tickets and tables continue to be sold for the Feb. 7 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) annual fundraiser breakfast at the Landers Center in Southaven, starting at 7 a.m. Singletary, the featured speaker, is a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker with the Chicago Bears. He is now the head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express, set to start play next month. All proceeds benefit the FCA. Contact Cecil Sowell at 901-409-1927 or email email@example.com. for more information.
OLIVE BRANCH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL REGISTRATION: Registration for the City of Olive Branch baseball and softball programs is underway now through noon on Feb. 2. Ages are 4-16 years old for boys and 4-14 years old for girls. Register at the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation office, 8877 College Street during office hours.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.