Desoto County Sports

Hustle rally to edge Austin in overtime

The Memphis Hustle defeated the Austin Spurs 117-116 in overtime on Friday night in front of 3,876 at the H-E-B Center. It’s the second time in as many games that the Hustle had an Elam Ending overtime win.

After heading into the second quarter leading 33-31, the Hustle saw themselves down 15 points at halftime, but outscored the Spurs 51-36 in the second half to force overtime. Led by Jacob Gilyard, who recorded his first career triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists), the Hustle saw six players score in double figures, including four of its five starters.

The scoring was led by Damien Jefferson, who scored a season-high 25 points off the bench, on 9-of-14 shooting and corralled six rebounds. Dakota Mathias contributed with 16 points and 13 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.

The Hustle, who were without Justin Bean due to right ankle soreness, inserted Sean McDermott into the starting lineup and he finished the night with 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. McDermott would make the game-winning basket to secure the road win for Memphis.

The Spurs starters each finished in double figures, led by Jordan Hall who ended up with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Chaundee Brown Jr. and Dominick Barlow combined to score 35 points, while Justin Kier and Jordan Goldwire each had 10 points.

The Hustle return home and will play against the Mexico City Capitanes at the Landers Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

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