Legends Host Sold-Out Crowd for Tenth Season Home Opener
FRISCO, TX - The Texas Legends dropped the second of a back-to-back against the Memphis Hustle 105-118, but that didn't silence the sold-out Comerica Center. With eight lead changes, the excitement was audible as the Legends celebrated their 10th anniversary and millionth fan.
Memphis took off quickly, knocking down eight unanswered points before Texas took charge with a 10-point streak of their own. The two teams went back and forth, but Texas' outside shooting gave them a needed boost to take a nine-point advantage into the second. Memphis stayed close but Texas held the lead until the final minute of the half when a Josh Jackson free throw followed by a three from Jarrod Uthoff turned the tides heading to the locker room.
Holding the lead in the second half, Memphis outshot Texas and gained an edge on the boards. The Legends took an edge four minutes into the half but were answered by 12 straight points from the Hustle to make it a double-digit deficit. Texas pulled within four with 1:16 left in the third, but Nino Johnson and Marquis Teague hit back-to-back threes to make it a 10-point game going into the final quarter.
The home team rallied early in the fourth, led by an eight-point effort from Xavier Rathan-Mayes, to tie it up at the eight-minute mark. The game stayed close until the final three minutes when Memphis built up a double-digit edge they would hold through the final buzzer.
Josh Reaves led the Legends in scoring with 22 points while adding 9 rebounds, 2 assists. Antonius Cleveland had a team-high 10 rebounds, and Nate Mason came off the bench for a full board of 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Seven Hustle players finished in double-digits. Dusty Hannahs led all scorers with 24 while Josh Jackson and Jarrod Uthoff matched lines with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks each. Marquis Teague added 14 while Matt Mooney finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Raynere Thornton and Nino Johnson added 10 points each and combined for 13 rebounds.
Texas will hit the road for their next two games facing Northern Arizona Wednesday at 6:30pm before taking on Iowa next Saturday at 7pm. Fans can catch all the action live at www.TexLegends.com.
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