D-Fenders Fall to Jam and Eldridge's 52

December 17, 2011

Osiris Eldridge scored an NBA Development League season-high 52 points, as the Bakersfield Jam (6-2) defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders (7-4) by a score of 117-112 Friday night. With the win, the Jam moved into first place in the Western Conference.  They also have the D-League's best record.

In a game that included 22 lead changes and 13 ties coming down to the wire, Eldridge delivered in the clutch, connecting on a long three pointer to put the Jam up 114-112 with 13.7 seconds left in the game.

Orien Greene missed a three on the other end and the D-Fenders were forced to foul with 6.7 seconds on the clock. Eldridge made the first free throw and missed the second, but Juan Pattillo was there for the offensive board. Los Angeles sent Eldridge back to the line where he converted both foul shots with 1.6 seconds remaining.

David Palmer recorded his fourth straight double-double for the Jam with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Pattillo almost reached a double-double as well, tallying 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.

Mustapha Farrakhan scored all of his 14 points in the second half tonight, continuing his streak of double digit scoring in every Jam game this season.

Brandon Costner led LA with 36 points on the night. In his first game with the D-Fenders, Greene finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Eniel Polynice added 19 points and a game-high 9 assists.

The two teams square off again tomorrow evening in Los Angeles at the Toyota Sports Center, with tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald

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