Break up the Legends! Texas won big over the Iowa Stampede, D-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, Monday night in the capital city of Des Moines. It was the team’s fourth straight victory and third by double digits.
Manny Harris led the way with 31 points and 13 rebounds. He recorded his 6th double-double in eight games and equaled his point total with a +/- of 31 as well. He made all seven of his free throws and also reeled in six offensive rebounds. Did I mention the five steals? He had five steals. His 27.7 PPG leads the NBA D-League. His symmetrical 2.7 steals are second.
Quincy Acy started at center and totaled 16 points, 8 rebounds. In three games so far with the Legends, the team is 3-0 and the former Baylor Bear is averaging 12.5 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and 2.7 blocks.
He’s doing a little bit of everything, just as he’s known for. “I’m just playing hard,” Acy insists. “I bring experience as far as my defensive presence. I can kinda sniff plays out and help guys be where they have to be.”
“I’m just out there playing, man, just playing hard and helping these guys out. That’s the main thing.”
His stay with the Legends may be temporary, but he’s using every minute to improve his already well-rounded craft.
“Really just getting in shape. I haven’t played significant minutes at all this year, since last year. Just getting in shape and getting confidence in my three point shot in the game setting.”
The 26-year old is working on his long distance shot as per special request by Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle.
“He said go down there (to the D-League) and shoot the ball, really work on it because a lot of teams are gonna love you because of what you do, what you bring to the table but in order for you to stick in this league you gotta make shots,” says Acy, who was 3-for-6 tonight from beyond the arc. “That’s what I love about coach. He really encouraged me to work on my shot.”
The early results are very promising. He’s made 6 of 11 attempts, good for 54.5 percent.
The Legends are firing on all cylinders right now, winners of four in a row by an average margin of about 17 points. As C.J. Williams attested to earlier this season, the environment has made it easy for Acy to blend in and continue winning.
“The environment is great,” Acy says. “Everybody is high spirited. This is a fun time. Everybody is unselfish, everybody wants to see the next guy do well. You couldn’t ask for a better situation.”
Four other Legends scored in double figures. Pierre Jackson (19), Jameel Warney (18), Courtney Fells (13) and Kyle Collinsworth (12) joined in on the fun. Keith Hornsby returned from a rib injury and played 11 minutes.
The Legends continue their five game road trip on Wednesday in Ohio against the Canton Charge, D-League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, at 6:00 CST.