Trenton – With their final game of the season, the Dallas Ballers locked in their fifth straight win over the Atlanta Ballers securing a top seed for the JBA playoffs.
The Atlanta Ballers, starting point guard, Jordan Ray was unable to play due to an ankle injury. Atlanta struggled to overcome Dallas’ defense as they played with just six players from their roster. Dallas defeated the Atlanta Ballers 109-94 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.
A 25-23 first quarter advantage over the Atlanta Ballers really set a tone for Dallas as they closed out the season. Atlanta was outscored by Dallas connecting just 51 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range. However, Atlanta managed to connect 83 percent of their free throws compared to Dallas’ 56 percent. Although Atlanta led 51-47 at the half, they ultimately lost the rebounding battle (48-68) and showed an increasing amount of fatigue while Dallas gained momentum.
“At the half we just made some careless mistakes. I told the team that we need to stay together. The four-game winning streak that we had we played together and made the plays. We got away from that and tried to play as individuals. We just had to play team ball again,” said Coach Ray Johnson.
The Dallas Ballers (5-3) were led by Karlon McSpadden, who tallied 23 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals. Despite getting into some foul trouble, Nyang Wek finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Malik Morgan also amassed 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
“This win feels good. This is what we’re supposed to do,” said Karlon McSpadden. “We’re coming, that’s all the other teams need to know.”
The Atlanta Ballers got a gem out of Nigel Chaney as he collected 35 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Isom Butler totaled 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and five steals.