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Thunderbirds Fall Short to Stampede in Double OT

Idaho 108, Albuquerque 106 2OT

Albuquerque, N.M., March 25 -- Ronell Taylor scored six of his team's 11 double-overtime points and DeSean Hadley scored on a go-ahead layup with 54 seconds remaining to propel the Idaho Stampede to a 108-106 win over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. The Stampede survived two late rallies by Albuquerque late in the fourth and in the first overtime. Dijon Thompson led all scorers in the loss for Albuquerque with 28 points.

The Stampede had six players score in double digits including all five starters. Lance Allred led Idaho with 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Randy Livingston pitched in another 12 points to go along with 15 assists.

Albuquerque had four players record double-doubles. Brandon Robinson had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, and Julius Hodge had 10 assists to go along with 19 points, all after halftime.

The Thunderbirds outscored Idaho 24-6 in the paint for the first half. Idaho was able to stay in the game with lights-out three point shooting, pouring in 6-of-8 from behind the arc. After the first two quarters of play the Thunderbirds and Stampede headed into the break deadlocked at 52.

Allred had eight points in the third quarter on 4-of-5 shooting to put Idaho out in front early. Albuquerque clawed back with tough defense, aided by three blocked shots in the quarter, helping them to a 66-65 lead after three.

Albuquerque rallied late in the forth quarter for the second night in a row. Julius Hodge drove the lane with less than thirty seconds drawing the foul and making the basket. Hodge proceeded to make the free throw tying the game at 92 and sending it to overtime.

The Stampede continue their current road trip next weekend in Los Angeles against the D-Fenders on Friday, March 30th followed by Bakersfield on Sunday, April 1.

The Thunderbirds hit the road for their next three games starting at Dakota on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. Albuquerque returns home for their final home game on Friday, April 6 to take on the Bakersfield Jam; game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be NBA night sponsored by Adidas. The Thunderbirds will wear Phoenix Suns uniforms for this special game and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The first 1,000 fans will receive a team poster and players will be available for autographs following the game.