Houston drops 2 more
- By Kyle Kappe, Day 141, 2023
HOUSTON - With the playoffs firmly out of reach, Houstin tries to avoid sliding further. Two games vs teams likely to be postseason misses, doesn't prevent a loss. Injuries also sideline two starters briefly.
Skyhawks 112 - Lightning 111
The first of back to back road games sees Houston fall on a dramatic buzzer beater in St. Louis. DeAnthony Hunter, a reserve off the bench, managed to sink Houston with a nice step back to seal the victory for the home team. Marc Hunter led the home team in scoring with a strong 30. The Lightning, led by rookie PG DeAndre Buie (starting in place of the resting Hood) with 23 points and 9 assists. The bench had a rough go of the game with just Devin Wallace registering double digits. No one was able to grab double digits in rebounds. This game was curious as the Skyhawks led by as much as 7 and the Lightning, 12, but the dagger as time expired was the end. There were 10 lead changes and 15 times when the game was tied.
Drones 125; Lightning 113
The second of back to backs, this game was way closer than the final score indicated. The Lightning led by as much as 9, the Drones, as much as 12, when the game ended. Houston led early, then surrendered the lead for much of the second and third quarters. We scratched out the lead near the start of the 4th, fought tooth and nail until about 2:30 left in the game, where we had a 2 point lead and finished the game being outscored 16-2. We got lit up by Anthony, Rush, and RW2. Rush actually was a huge negative defensively, but the bench of Houston was even worse. Compounded was the loss of injured veteran, Pace LeGarde, was forced from the game with a knee injury and couldn't return. Jarrell Harrison was the best player for Houston, registering 20 points and 16 boards. Hood led all scorers for the L with 23 points and also tallied 18 points.