“We had a much better urgency tonight,” said Coach Brad Jones.
The intensity of the game was much higher than the night before. Maybe it was the crowd. Maybe it was because it was Friday night. Maybe it was because both Greg Ostertag (7 pts, 7 rebs) and Yi Jianlian (17 pts, 11 rebs) were in attendance for the Legends.
“Those guys are good. They’re in the NBA for a reason,” said Jones.
Size was a disadvantage for the Toros as they were going against three 7-footers. Yi’s height is questionable as ESPN’s Jeff Caplan has listed him at 6-10, last night’s roster 7-0 and Del Harris said he was 7-1. Regardless of how tall he actually is, the Toros were still able to drive to the basket as they added 52 points in the paint.
In his second game on assignment from the Spurs, Cory Joseph, added 10 points and four assists for the Toros. Joseph notched an extra six minutes in tonight’s game.
“He looked like a first round draft pick tonight,” said Jones.
The Toros are hitting the road for a five game roadtrip, including two at the D-League Showcase. With the wide variety of talent on the league-leading Toros it wouldn’t be a shock if after the road trip the Toros lose a player or two to overseas teams. Last season Eric Dawson left the Toros after attending the Showcase for Korea’s KCC Egis
Dawson led all in rebounds (12) and added 18 points.