After completing their lengthy eight game homestand, the Texas Legends (23-21) inevitably had a stretch of road games on the horizon. Last Monday began a six game road trip. Like the handful of games on their own floor, this would be the team’s longest trip away from home all season, surpassing a five game roadie in December.
They first ventured just east to Iowa and dominated the Energy (11-33) before taking their talents west to Santa Cruz. On Friday night, Texas defeated the Warriors (26-19) but Saturday night Santa Cruz flipped the script in an instant rematch. So far through the season-long soiree, Texas is two out of three.
Next up for the Legends are the Reno Bighorns (16-27). This is the fourth and final matchup between the teams this season. The Bighorns have won two of three so far but the clubs haven’t met since December 30th. The first meeting of 2017 will essentially provide a whole new matchup. Texas has been led in scoring by Jameel Warney (24, November 22nd), Pierre Jackson (29, December 14th) and Manny Harris (29, December 30th) in games against the Kings’ affiliate so far. The game will take place on Monday, March 20th at 9 PM CT.
After briefly heading East, the Legends return to the West coast to square off against the Los Angeles D-Fenders (32-13). L.A. currently stands as the top team in the Western Conference, above Oklahoma City by a game and a half. The Lakers’ affiliate defeated the Legends the first two meetings before the good guys captured the victory in the third.
C.J. Williams is averaging 22.3 points in the three games against L.A. this year, including shooting an impressive 65 percent from the field (28-of-43) and an even more impressive 64 percent from three-point range (16-of-25). The teams will incidentally end up meeting on the 22nd of January, February and March. Tip-off comes on Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:30 PM CT.
Finishing off the predominantly Western excursion is a date with the Northern Arizona Suns (21-23) in Prescott Valley. Just as Texas did over the weekend in Santa Cruz with the Warriors, they played consecutive games against the Suns in Frisco the prior week and split the games. Pierre Jackson scored 35 points in his sole outing against the Phoenix affiilate in 2016-2017. The Legends won easily in Northern Arizona back in December and will look to capture the season series on Thursday, March 23rd at 8:30 PM CT. All games can be seen live on the Texas Legends’ Facebook page.