Atlanta — The Dallas Ballers defeated the Philadelphia Ballers 115-81 at the Infinite Energy Center.
With their win over the Philadelphia Ballers, Dallas is proving they are capable of being a top caliber championship team.
Dallas set the tone early, as they rode a 45-21 point first quarter to victory.
The Dallas Ballers held a double-digit lead for all four quarters while leading by at least 30 points for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The shooting differential was key, with Dallas connecting on 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range while holding Philadelphia to just 37 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range. Offensive rebounding was also a huge factor, with Dallas winning that battle.
“On the defensive end, they are doing a great job of playing hard and getting after it,” said Coach Ray Johnson of Dallas Ballers. “Elijah gives us some great rebounding and a big body that we don’t have. When Nate Morris gets in trouble he’s a great backup.”
Additionally, Dallas maintained great momentum and defense throughout the entire first half as they are quickly looking to move up the standings. At the half Dallas managed to hold the Philadelphia Ballers to just 33 points.
With his first game with the Dallas Ballers, Elijah Foster made his presence known on defense while assisting in rebounding. Caleal Walker managed to obtain 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 assist after a slow start. Nate Morris remained strong on defense throughout the game as well as setting solid screens on offense.
“For anyone to knock us off they’re going to have to come with blood sweat, tears, and heart because we’re fighting,” said Caleal Walker. “We are coming for everybody. No one is safe. We are going to continue to eat and get better as a team.”
Philadelphia’s key scorer Jaylen Nixon was 1-9 for the gsme. Jawane Buckner led the team with 25 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 1 rebound. Overall, Philadelphia struggled to contest on the defensive end with a lack of rebounds and a high turnover rate. With their loss against the Dallas Ballers, the Philadelphia Ballers are still struggling to find their rhythm as a team as they obtained their sixth loss of the season.