The Los Angeles D-fenders couldn’t quite pull off any defense against Andre Ingram in the McKay Center last week. Ingram put 55 percent of his shots in the basket and contributed 17 points in the second half alone.
Flash head coach Brad Jones said, “Andre has had some ups and downs this season, but he has always been a terrific shooter. I’m excited to see him have such a wonderful night.”
Utah now sits on a record of 11-9 coming off of an upsetting two-game losing streak. Los Angeles, struggling with its own seven-game losing streak didn’t come into the game Tuesday much different. The Flash took advantage of the D-fenders’ 13 first half turnovers giving them a commanding 20-point lead going into the third quarter.
Even the Utah Jazz’s Kyrylo Fesenko came into the game and walked out with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
But perhaps the most exciting player who impacted the night was Ronald Dupree. Just off of a sign-and-trade agreement, Dupree was sent to Utah and joined the Flash just an hour before tipoff. He had 16 points off the bench playing with the team for the first time.
“He (Dupree) arrived at the arena about 5:30 this evening, and we taught him five plays,” Jones said. “One thing Ronald did a really nice job of tonight was stopping Joe Crawford on defense. It didn’t take us long to realize what a great presence he is on the floor for us.”