LAS VEGAS – A homecoming for many of the Seattle Ballers took place Thursday night at Orleans Arena. With a Chicago Ballers team short-handed due to an injury from Montrell Dixson and Josiah Pope out due to personal reasons — Seattle took full advantage and won their fourth straight game in the second round of the season.
The first quarter really set the tone in this game, as Seattle dominated from start to finish. The Seattle Ballers led 34-24 after the first and led by an average of 20 points for the duration of the final three quarters. Chicago attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter narrowing the lead down to seven points. However, Seattle dominated the final period as fatigue set in for Chicago.
Seattle and Chicago were fairly even in stats as they both shot 49 percent from the field. The Seattle Ballers hit 48 percent from three-point range while holding Chicago to 26 percent. Defensive rebounding was also key for Seattle, which won the rebounding battle, 72-63. As the Chicago players suffered from obvious exhaustion — the Seattle Ballers cruised to a 134-110 victory in the fourth quarter.
The Seattle Ballers (5-3) were led by Anthony Carmon, who tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds. Capri Uzan accrued 17 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, and one steal. Je’Rell Springer started off the game strong amassing 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
“I was just being aggressive, staying focused on the game and being in tune with my team. You just have to play hard at all times on the court and be a game changer,” said Carmon. “We’re ready to bring it all home.”
The Chicago Ballers (2-6) had five players reach double figures in scoring. Deon Lyle led the starters with 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Travis Ingram finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
“We’ve been playing hard defensively. That was the biggest thing when we gave up our first three losses because we were giving up too many points. Once we buckled down and started playing the way we were capable of playing and locking in defensively that made the difference,” said Coach Charles O’Bannon.