Kings Bounce Back, Beat Royals on the Road

The San Diego Kings get back in the win column as they went on the road to defeat the Las Vegas Royals 101-98. This game was purely about pride for the Kings who are coming off a blowout loss at home to the Jacksonville Giants, they wanted to come into Vegas and steal one on the road against a competitive ballclub like the Las Vegas Royals and they were able to do it with their physicality and late game execution.

The Kings were only able to suit up 7 guys on this Vegas road trip but still found a way to battle out a win on the road, getting huge scoring performances out of Marcus Bell, Manny Perez and Ray Williams, who combined to score 76 of the Kings 101 points.

“Those three were huge offensively for us tonight,” Head Coach Davion Famber said. “I thought Hancock came in and gave us a lot of extra possessions which allowed us to get more opportunities to score.”

Marcus Bell and James Hancock both had double-doubles for the Kings. Bell finished with his first 20-20 game with 26 points and 23 rebounds (9 on the offensive glass). Hancock put up 12 points with 14 rebounds to boot (10 offensive rebounds).

Ray Williams scored 25 points in his return to the lineup. He was also able to dish out 7 assists and grab 8 rebounds nearly recording a triple-double himself.

Manny Perez also scored 25 points and went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. He spaced the floor as usual and was able to make 3 of the Kings 7 3PT shots.

The Kings and Royals battled back and forth throughout the entire game looking to wear the Kings out with full court ball pressure and physical defense. The Kings shot 25 for 37 from the line as a team, forcing the ball in the paint consistently and finding holes in the Royals defense to draw fouls for free throw opportunities. This allows them to slow the tempo down and get their defense setup for the next possessions.

The Royals were able to get the ball game tied with 33.2 seconds left on the clock. The Kings gave the ball to Bell and he was able to get to the lane and finish an and-one to make the game a 101-98 lead with 16.2 seconds left on the clock. A missed game-tying 3 by the Royals sealed their fate at the end of this one and the Kings were able to escape the Royals with only seven players suited up in uniform.

The Kings (5-3) return to San Diego this week to prepare for their rematch against the Phoenix Outlaws. The Kings defeated the Outlaws in the season opener this year 113-112 in a game then went right down to the wire. Tip-off jumps at 6PM. Tickets are 15$ at the door and 25$ for courtside seats. To get 5$ off for your tickets, visit the link below.