Forbes, Spurs fall to Texas Legends in shootout

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When his team doesn’t win, Bryn Forbes doesn’t care what his stat line says.

Despite a furious fourth quarter comeback, the Spurs fell to the Texas Legacy 130-125 Wednesday night at the HEB Center for their fourth loss in the last six games. Forbes, who made five appearances for Austin and 13 for San Antonio this season scored 35 points with five assists and four rebounds.

“It doesn’t really matter what you do when you lose,” Forbes said. “Offense wasn’t a problem. Defensively we made a couple mistakes and let a couple guys get going. And it got us in the end.”

Playing in just his second game with the Spurs, Daniel Nwaelele scored 20 points with five 3-pointers. Charles Garcia and Cory Jefferson each had 12 points while Jeff Ledbetter scored 11.

Texas pushed the lead to 20 points early in the fourth quarter, but Austin made a big 17-4 run with five minutes left. Ledbetter and Nwaelele each made a pair of triples with less than two minutes left to cut the lead to as little as three points, but the Legacy made 5-of free throws down the stretch to put the game on ice.

“They did a good job being physical with their guards,” Spurs head coach Ken McDonald said. “They shot the ball well and were aggressive. They were more physical in every part of the game, offensively and defensively, and we fell in a hole because of that.

Manny Harris was the main offensive weapon for Texas, scoring 47 points in 41 minutes. Jameel Warney had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Baylor product Quincy Acy added 17 points. Texas shot 56 percent in the game.

Despite starting the game quickly, Texas opened up a six-point lead. With a six advantage down low thanks to Garcia and Livio Jean-Charles, Austin rallied with a little run to tie the game at 32 after the first quarter.

The Spurs continued to exploit their dominant presence in the paint in the second quarter. But Texas started to get hot from long range, going 6-of-8 from 3-point land in the first half and using a 7-0 run to take a 65-52 halftime lead.

“We had the size advantage down low, but when they’re so physical at the guard, that forces us to push it out and we can’t feed the post like we like to,” McDonald said. “It’s something we have to get used to because teams are going to continue to do it.”

For the rest of the game, Austin tried multiple times to close the gap. But every time it got the lead to single digits, Texas would go on another run to alleviate the pressure. Frustrations boiled over for the Spurs in the fourth quarter when Garcia was called for his second technical foul and was ejected from the game.

Austin finishes off a quick two-game home stand when it hosts the Iowa Energy Friday at 7:30 p.m. before heading to South Texas to face the Rio Grande Valley next Friday at 7 p.m.

Forbes has been improving in nearly every game in his first season out of Michigan State. IN five games before Wednesday night, he was averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34.5 minutes, shooting .531 (34-64) from the field and .593 (16-27) from beyond the arc.

“The mental part has been the biggest change,” Forbes said. “There have been a lot of new things I’ve had to handle and everything is pretty much new. From plays to defensive situations. I’ve had to make big strides to keep up.”

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