Fireballs Defends Home vs Predators, Gets the W
- By Jron Magcale, Day 33, 2023
LOS ANGELES - Fireballs took care of business at home as they win against Dallas Predators the 2nd time out of 3 games so far. Taking the season series lead over the improving Dallas franchise. The Fireballs bounced back after losing to the Atlanta Devils last home game. This time Fireballs made sure that they are defending their homecourt against the visitors. For the 5th straight game Chris LaCruz have recorded a double-double (1 triple double over that stretch) and today he went on to record his season-high in assists by notching 16 dimes vs the Predators, he also posted 44 points (his 2nd 40-point performance this season) on 16/27 FG, 3/6 3FG and 9/10 FT, he also grabbed 9 boards closely flirted with a triple double, he also registered 2 blocks and committed only 1 turnover.
The game started like any other Fireballs game this season so far scoring at will in the 1st 2 quarters with 65 points although the Predators weren't far behind with 57 points. The Predators tried to keep pace with the high octane attack of the Fireballs rallying 30 points in the 3rd quarter to LA's 25. The 4th quarter saw the Predators taking the lead with 4 minutes and 2 seconds left in the game but that is where the Fireballs put pedal to the metal finishing the game on a 15-8 run to finish the game. Forwards Carroll and iMac both notched 15 points a piece with Devan Carroll recording another double-double adding 10 rebounds and also fillinf the stat sheet with 4 steals and 2 blocks. iMac also 6 assists and 9 rebounds to go with his own 15 points. The Predators have 3 players scoring 20 points or more with Jermaine Wade leading with 25 points, Kellen Chambers added 23 points and Deandre Stackhouse also added 20 points to go with his 15 rebounds and 3 assists.
Rookie PG struggled matching up with the bigger LaCruz as he was just 2/14 FG, 0/4 3FG and 2/2 FT for 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. LaCruz took advantage on the match up on his way to a big game and the W. Fireballs shared the ball well dishing 43 assists while Predators only recording 22 dimes. Defensively the Fireballs went on to record 10 steals and 10 blocks to keep the game on their favor. The Fireballs was more aggressive attacking as they fielded 56 points to Predators 42, the Fireballs is beginning to get their signature transition scoring 31 fastbreak points vs 13 by Dallas. This home win puts the Fireballs in .500 in the standings with a 7-7 card.
"We're riding Chris' (LaCruz) streak of hot games, he has taken over on a different level this past few games, poised to be in the discussion for the MVP award with the way he has been playing. The chemistry of the team is beginning to be higher and higher as the season progresses. Devan has been a great multi-tooled asset for us, our transition game has been improving and the ball rotation is solid. I think that we can have more games like this one if we keep on focusing on our gameplan more often and not stray away from it." Assistant Coach Alton Wilkes said at the post game presser.
BOX SCORE: http://jblfl.com/boxscore?game=13030
The Fireballs will have 2 away games this next sim that will be part of their 3-game East Coast road swing, they will start with a back-to-back games in New Orleans (Day 33) then followed by a trip to Miami (Day 34) and then the next sim they will visit Cincinnati (Day 37) before settling back to LA to host Phoenix.