Des Moines, Iowa (March 15, 2017) – The Iowa Energy’s (11-32) second-half rally fell just short Wednesday evening, continuing their recent home struggles with a 103-99 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders (30-13).
Iowa outpaced Los Angeles in the second half, outscoring their opponent 53-42 and came inches away from tying the game with under 10 seconds remaining.
After a Kellen Dunham three-pointer closed the deficit to 101-99, the Energy had two chances to tie the game on the ensuing possession. Dunham’s second consecutive three-point attempt was in-and-out and Jarrell Martin’s put back dunk was not to be as Iowa lost for the third-straight time this season to Los Angeles.
Martin finished with a team-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was the forward’s second straight double-double and fifth of the season.
JaKarr Sampson came off the bench to score in double digits (11 points) for the third consecutive game.
Defensively, Iowa held one of the D-League’s most efficient offenses to 40 percent shooting in the second half.
Deyonta Davis recorded his second straight double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) of the season and posted a game-high three blocks. Davis has recorded at least two blocks in all but one game this season in the D-League.
Wade Baldwin IV chipped in with eight points and a team-high nine assists in the loss.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders were led by NBA veteran Dejuan Blair. The Pittsburgh alum came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
The Iowa Energy continue their two-game home series against the Los Angeles D-Fenders this Friday at 7:00 p.m.