The San Diego Kings score a season high in points as they sweep the season series with the Phoenix Outlaws 149-133. This performance really showed how exciting the Kings are at home, nailing 17 3’s for the game. They also dished out a season high 30 assists and were able get to the free-throw line 24 times making 22 of them in the process.
Manny Perez had a massive game dropping 30 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and recorded 2 blocks while making 5’s 3’s throughout the contest. He really got his jumper going in the 3rd scoring 15 points and hitting 3 of his 5 3’. He got the whole EL Cajon arena singing his “Puerto Rico” anthem, a theme song that the DJ plays after Perez gets a bucket.
Deonte Jones finished the night one-point shy of 30 with 29 points and 3 steals in 29 minutes of action. He was also able to knock down 5 3’s in the game, 3 of them in the 1st and he helped the Kings jumpstart their offense in the beginning stages of the game.
“I just stayed confident like I always do and just take what the defense gives me,” Jones explained. “The guys just told me to keep shooting and coach was giving me the green light, we use a lot of pin downs to get guys open for shots and it was my night, so they kept going to me.”
When asked about the season high in points as a team, Jones explained that this nights like is what makes the Kings an exciting team to watch.
“We just played together on the offensive end for 48 minutes, that’s what we’ve been trying to do this entire season. We know we can score with anybody and when we just play within ourselves, we are tough to beat. I’m loving the way we are playing.”
As usual the Kings were able to start the game hot, commanding a 23-10 lead in the early in the 1st. Deonte Jones continued his hot shooting stroke at home scoring 13 of his 29 points in the 1st quarter. Jones credited his scoring effort to his coaches for giving him the green light and his teammates for finding him early in the game.
Marcus Bell helped the Kings separate in the first with great passing from the post. Getting two assists from to Julian Sampah inside for layups. The Kings full-court pressure forced the Outlaws to take rushed shots which led to transition layups on offense to put the Kings up 37-22 at the end of the 1st.
The Kings once again got great production from their bench in this game, particularly from James Hancock who was a force in the paint and on the boards for the Kings. Hancock and Bell both combined for 32 points and 26 rebounds between them and they were both anchors on the defensive end.
In the 2nd quarter the Kings began to open their lead by continuing to force turnover and take care of the ball themselves on the offensive end. Ray Williams ran the show tonight for the Kings, dishing out 12 assists and setting the table for his teammates to eat. Julian Sampah played a great two-way game as he finished with 14 points and sent 4 shots away from the rim. Once he was able to get his first jumper late in the 2nd, he started to find his rhythm. He capped his night off with a breakaway steal that turned into a one-handed flush that got the Kings crowd hyped!
Two New Kings made their debuts tonight Spencer Mattox and B.J Mathews. Mattox was able to make an impact with his hustle and ball handling ability. He helped Williams facilitate the offense and finished the night with 8 points and 4 assists. Mathews showed that he can be instant offense for the Kings off the bench. He sank back-to-back 3’s in the 1st and looked very comfortable in the Kings offense.
Kings Head Coach Davion Famber said he was happy but not surprised by Mattox effort on the floor tonight.
“BJ Mathews and Spencer Mattox can play, their professionals and they come in and work hard every day. The guys have embraced them and they are fitting in smoothly. The sky’s the limit for how good they can be with our squad this year.
The Kings also got big help from LJ Kimbrough who had his best game offensively finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds. He was able to get some great offensive putbacks off rebounds and ran the lanes in transition finishing at the rim strong. Alec Calloway and Yuriy Kozhanov were both able to add 5 points apiece, playing solid perimeter defense and getting after every loose balls They were both able to space the floor and make 3’s to add to the 17 total for the Kings.
The Kings led by as many as 31 points in the 3rd. Famber was able to space his minutes and every active player on the Kings roster scored and made an impact on the game. Even though the Outlaws battled back in the 4th quarter cutting that 31-point lead to 9 with 4:27 left to go in the 4th but were unable to close the gap further as the Kings continued to get buckets at will. Their 16-point win was capped off with a two-hand alley-oop from Ray Williams to Marcus Bell!
The Kings (6-3) are now on a two-game winning streak and will look to make it a trifecta of dubs as they go on the road next Saturday to take on the Seven City Knights of Arizona. They will be back home next year in 2020 on January 4th when they host Team Trouble from Stockton, CA. Tickets go on sale today, make sure you visit the link below to get 5$ of your ticket prices for a regular or courtside seat.