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The Hustle Report: Recapping Week 13 of the Hustle’s Inaugural Season

Week 13 is highlighted by a career game from an unlikely player

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Week 13 Results

Fort Wayne Mad Ants 118 @ Memphis Hustle 112 (12-19)

Texas Legends 117 @ Memphis Hustle 106 (12-20)

Rio Grande Valley Vipers 125 @ Memphis Hustle 127 (13-20)

Week 13 Storylines

Game 31 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Chance Comanche- 33 points, 9 rebounds, 15-16 shooting
  • Kobi Simmons- 32 points, 8 assists, 2 steals
  • Durand Scott- 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
  • Marquis Teague- 9 points, 4 assists, 2 steals
  • Austin Nichols- 9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks

The Hustle comeback fell short against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants despite Chance Comanche’s career high 33 points and Kobi Simmons’ career high 32 points. The Hustle got down big in large part due to a 40 point Mad Ants second quarter, but ultimately fell by just six in the comeback effort. You can check the full recap for this game here.

Game 32 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Omari Johnson- 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Marquis Teague- 20 points, 7 assists
  • Chance Comanche- 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Durand Scott- 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Austin Nichols- 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks

The Hustle fell to Wade Baldwin and the Texas Legends Monday morning during their Financial Literacy Day game despite Omari Johnson’s best game since returning from an injury earlier this month. The game was close until the Legends went on a big run to start the 4th quarter. Another late comeback by the Hustle made the score respectable but it wasn’t enough to make the Legends sweat. Chance Comanche continued his dominant play while Durand Scott and Austin Nichols were solid contributors, especially on the defensive end, two games in a row. The Hustle did a decent job holding Wade Baldwin in check to just 15 points and 7 assists on a game he definitely had circled on his calendar.

Game 33 Breakdown

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Key Stats

  • Marquis Teague- 31 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists
  • Trahson Burrell- 20 points, 7 rebounds
  • Kobi Simmons- 17 points, 6 rebounds
  • Omari Johnson- 17 points, 4 rebounds
  • Chance Comanche- 13 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

The Hustle avoided a season sweep to the hands of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers thanks to a game winning basket by Marquis Teague at the buzzer. The basket won the Hustle the game and also set a new career high in points for Teague. Trahson Burrell dropped 20 points while Chance Comanche finished off the week strongly. GBB’s Mac Trammell was in attendance for the game, and you can check out his recap here.

MVP of the Week - Chance Comanche

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Chance Comanche had his best week in a Hustle uniform this past week. It started off with his career game in the close loss to the Mad Ants and then followed it up with two more solid performances to end the week. He’s really been a great contributor for the team lately and he’s a nice surprise story since he was a try out player who decided to leave Arizona early. His 21.6 points & 9.3 rebounds this week is a testament to how hard he has worked over the last year to get to where he is today.

Numbers to Know

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93.8%: With his effort against the Mad Ants, Chance Comanche set a G-League record for this season with his 15-16 shooting from the field. The 93.8% is the highest in the league this season for a player with a minimum of 10 field goal attempts. The previous record this season was held by Xavier Munford who shot 92.3% (12-13 shooting) in a game earlier this month. It was a monster performance from Comanche, so it was only fitting it was record-setting.

3.6: It was a solid defensive effort this week from Austin Nichols, who averaged 3.6 blocks per game this week. The Hustle average 6 blocks per game on the season, which is top 5 in the league already. Nichols has looked more and more like he did when he starred at the University of Memphis, especially on the defensive end. His shot blocking ability will cause teams to second guess themselves when in the paint.

12.6: The Hustle are one of the league’s best in rebounding, especially on the offensive glass. Averaging 12.6 offensive rebounds a game, the Hustle get plenty of second chance opportunities and are a top 5 team in second chance points. The extra opportunities are crucial in close games like the ones the Hustle had this week.

Week 13 Grade - B

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The 1-2 record was a bit disappointing for the Hustle, but the effort of the players is deserving of a B. It’s concerning that it’s nearly a weekly occurrence that the Hustle get down big, then a great comeback effort comes up *just* short. Other than that negative, it was a solid week lead by Comanche as well as solid performances from plenty of other players. It’s also impressive how Coach Cyprien is able to strategize and compete against teams that defeated the Hustle earlier in the season. He’s able to make adjustments and get the team ready no matter the matchup.

Week 14 Preview

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Memphis Hustle @ Austin Spurs (21-12) 2/1 7:30 PM CT (Tonight!)

Memphis Hustle @ Wisconsin Herd (16-16) 2/3 7 PM CT

Memphis Hustle @ Iowa Wolves (17-14) 2/6 7 PM CT

Game 34 Preview: The Hustle start a 3 game road trip with a visit to the Austin Spurs, who dominated the Hustle in their previous meeting by 22 points. In that game, the Spurs outscored the Hustle 68-46 in the paint. The Hustle will need to ride the hot hand of Comanche to score down low, as well as take advantage of Austin Nichols’ ability to cause defenders to alter their shot to make that a little more balanced. The Spurs lead the G-League in blocks per game, so the Hustle will need to make sure to take smart shots when around the rim and not allow the Spurs to block their shots and turn them into easy fast break points the other way.

The Hustle also got out-rebounded 17 last game and, as one of the best rebounding teams in the league, will need to step it up tonight.

Game 35 Preview: Following the game against the Spurs, the Hustle will travel to Oahkoah, Wisconsin for their only matchup against the Wisconsin Herd. The Herd are a middle of the pack Eastern Conference team and likely represent the best chance at a Hustle win this week. They are lead by former Grizzlies guard Xavier Munford and former Kentucky star James Young, both of whom are averaging more than 20 points per game. It will be a big defensive test for the Hustle guards to contain those two. The Herd commit the second most turnovers per game this season, so if Kobi Simmons and Marquis Teague can frustrate Munford and Young into mistakes, the Hustle should be able to steal a win in Wisconsin.

Game 36 Preview: The Hustle will wrap up their road trip to Iowa to face the Wolves and try to tie their season series. The Wolves started off the year slow, but have improved and racked up the wins over the last month. The Wolves have plenty of offensive talent on the team, lead by Amile Jefferson and Elijah Millsap who will represent team USA in Olympic qualifying. In their lone win over the Wolves, the Hustle held them to just 80 points, while giving up an average of 115 in the two losses. If the Hustle can turn the game into a defensive battle, they might be able to upset the division leading Wolves.

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