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Recap: Hustle defeat Spurs behind Omari Johnson’s big game

Hustle defeat Spurs, win season-series against Western Conference leaders

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First Quarter

The start of the game was all Omari Johnson, as he scored 10 of the Hustle’s first 14 points in the first 4 minutes as the Hustle jumped out to an early 8 point lead. The Hustle were able to maintain the lead most of the quarter, extending it to as much as 11 points in what was a great defensive quarter for the Hustle. The Hustle finished the quarter leading 29-18 behind Omari Johnson’s 14 points. Kuran Iverson chipped in 6 points.

Defense was the key factor in the first, as the Hustle forced the Spurs to commit an uncharacteristically high 9 turnovers in the quarter.

Second Quarter

The Hustle offense slowed down as the second quarter got underway and the Spurs cut into the Hustle lead. Matt Costello of the Spurs was able to get things going underneath, scoring 9 points in the first parts of the quarter. The Hustle were able to weather the Spurs storm, maintaining a slim lead going into halftime. The Hustle lead the Spurs 53-51 at the break as Omari Johnson and Marquis Teague were held scoreless in the second quarter.

The Hustle defense let up a bit in the quarter as well, only forcing two turnovers and getting into foul trouble early. The Spurs were lead by Matt Costello’s 13 first half points on 6/6 shooting. Jaron Blossomgame contributed 11 points for the Spurs in the half to help cut into the Hustle lead.

Third Quarter

The Spurs took control of the game to start the third quarter, jumping out to a slim lead on the Hustle. Tempers started to flare just a few minutes into the game as Omari Johnson and Darrun Hilliard got T’d up for arguing after OJ was barking at Derrick White for flopping. Shortly after, Marquis Teague and Julian Washburn got T’d up as both teams nearly came to blows as tensions rose in the game.

The Hustle got down 9 late in the quarter but a run inspired by Myke Henry and Dusty Hannahs gave the Hustle the lead with just seconds remaining in the quarter. At the horn, the Hustle lead 78-75 behind 7 points from Dusty and 5 from Myke. The Hustle forced 6 Spurs turnovers in the quarter to inspire the quick comeback.

Fourth Quarter

The Hustle came out firing to start the fourth, capitalized by back-to-back 3’s by Myke Henry to give the Hustle an 8 point lead early in the quarter. The Spurs were able to get back into the game thanks to some questionable officiating, resulting in a Coach Cyp technical for “complaining too much”. The Hustle were able to survive the craziness and maintain a solid lead for most of the quarter thanks to some timely 3-point shooting. The Hustle extended their lead to 10 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game, but a quick run by the Spurs quickly cut the game to 2 points.

A clutch Marquis Teague basket gives the Hustle a 4 point lead, but a quick Spurs basket and two missed free throw’s by Kobi Simmons gave the Spurs the ball with a chance for the tie or win with 16 seconds remaining. Simmons immediately takes a charge on the defensive end to give the Hustle possession. A Myke Henry free throw, followed by an Omari Johnson offensive rebound sent OJ to the line where he split his free throws to put the game out of reach.

The Hustle defeated the Western Conference leading Spurs 109-105 in what was an intense game. Omari Johnson finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Myke Henry dropped 21 points of his own to go with 5 rebounds. Teague chipped in 17 points and 6 assists to go along with some clutch baskets. The win extended the Hustle winning streak to 3 going into their final two games of the season and gave them the season-series win against the Spurs.