Stampede 101, 66ers 92 (F)
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 4 – Reminiscent of an NBA Western Conference battle, the Idaho Stampede wore Seattle SuperSonics jerseys and defeated the Tulsa 66ers, who donned Dallas Mavericks jerseys, 101-92 on Friday. The jerseys were part of much larger festivities, the SLIERS Sonics Affiliate Night. Seattle mascot, Squatch entertained the thousands in attendance, and Sonics giveaways were tossed into the crowd throughout the event.
Idaho jumped on Tulsa early, beginning the game on a 15-8 run after a Roberto Bergersen mid-range jumper and lay up four minutes into the first quarter. The Stampede converted 12 field goals on nine assists, shooting over 57% in the quarter. Forward Ernest Scott capped off the quarter with a three pointer from the left wing as the buzzer sounded, to put Idaho ahead 30-25.
In the second quarter, Tulsa struggled from the field, shooting 6-for-21 while managing only 15 points. Idaho took advantage and went into halftime up 57-40.
“When we have a great crowd like we did tonight, they really are our ‘Sixth Man’,” said Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates. “We fed off of their energy and it helped push us to the win.”
Both teams traded baskets through the third quarter until 4:57 left to go in the game, when a Nick Fazekas tip-in helped to spark a 10-2 run for Tulsa. That flurry of free throws and lay ups cut the Idaho lead to 94-86 with two minutes left in the contest. Scott hit a three-pointer from the left wing and center Lance Allred put in a lay-up in the final minute to seal the win for the Stampede.
The Stampede never trailed in the game.
Their three NBA assigned players led the 66ers the entire contest. Maurice Ager, on assignment from the Mavericks, had a team-high 20 points. Nick Fazekas, also on assignment from the Mavericks, had a double double with 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench. Ramon Sessions, on assignment from the Milwaukee Bucks, finished with 13 points.
For the first time this season, Idaho had three players finish with double-doubles. Cory Violette had a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, Randy Livingston had 17 points and dished out 16 assists, and Allred scored 14 points while snagging a game-high 11 rebounds. Bergersen added 20 points, while Mouhamed Sene, on NBA assignment from the SuperSonics, pitched in eight points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time while in the D-League, that Idaho had three players with double-digit rebounding efforts.
Tulsa (4-10) continues onto their second game of a four-game road trip tomorrow night against the Utah Flash. Idaho (11-5) looks to extend their 7-0 record at home tomorrow night against the Bakersfield Jam.