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Albuquerque 98, Fayetteville 86

Thunderbirds Pick Up Much Needed Win

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 25 -- The Albuquerque Thunderbirds picked up a big win Saturday afternoon at Tingley Coliseum against the Fayetteville Patriots that moved them into a three-way tie for third place in the NBA Development League Standings with only six games to play. In a game that included 10 lead changes, the Thunderbirds were able to take control of the game in the fourth quarter giving them the 98-86 win.

The Thunderbirds started the game hot as they scored an impressive 30 points in the first quarter giving them a 10-point lead. The Patriots were able to respond starting the second quarter on a 15-5 run, getting them back into the game. The game was played tight for the remainder of the half and the T-Birds went into the locker room up 51-49.

Neither team were able to take control of the game in the third quarter, as both traded baskets, leaving the score 75-70 Albuquerque, heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth the T-Birds took over. Starting with a 16-5 run, Albuquerque held on to a 14 point lead with five minutes to play, and cruised to the victory.

“This was a good win,” said Thunderbird head coach Michael Cooper. “We needed it to stay alive.”

Thunderbird forward’s TJ Cummings, and Brandon Robinson both recorded a double-double, with Cummings scoring 19 and grabbing 15 rebounds. Robinson scored 17 points with 10 rebounds. Marcus Douthit just missed a double-double of his own with nine rebounds and 13 points.

Four Patriots scored in double figures including; Kevin Johnson (12 points), Ryan Randle (11 points), Darnell Miller (11 points), and Amir Johnson (11 points).

Both teams will play again tomorrow at Tingley Coliseum, with tipoff set for 3pm.