Player of the game
Delivering his most efficient scoring performance to date in this young season, James Young rose to the occasion in the Herd’s loss to the Mad Ants Wednesday night, which earns him last night’s player of the game honors.
Playing close to 37 minutes of action, Young finished with a team-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field (4-for-8 from three, 5-for-6 from the foul line), one assist and was a neutral in terms of his plus-minus.
Considering the Herd’s offense was prone to bogging down to droughts for some stretches during the night, Young stood as a rare beacon of instant offense with his dribble drive game on point throughout the contest.
And considering the Herd have struggled mightily from three-point range to start the season as they entered last night’s game shooting 29.8 percent from three after their first three games, Young finding his touch and chipping in multiple makes from that level of the floor was a welcome sight (Young even had a rare four-point play during the fourth quarter).
Whether last night will serve as the breakout performance Young needs to showcase the breadth of his scoring talents remains to be seen, but it was great to see the former Wildcat fill his scoring niche nonetheless.