Rio Grande Valley 122, Albuquerque 117
HILDAGO, Texas, March 30, 2008 -- The Brian Walsh regime is off to an perfect start in Hidalgo. In another back-and-forth offensive barnburner, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers won their second straight game over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, 119-115 Saturday night at Dodge Arena. Walsh is now 2-0 as head coach of the Vipers, who have now won three of their last four games versus Southwest Division rivals Tulsa and Albuquerque.
The Thunderbirds' loss is their third straight after having won their previous six games.
Saturday's contest was almost a mirror image of Fridayís outcome as the teams traded the lead throughout. The Vipers scored 30-plus points in three of the four quarters and outscored the T-Birds in both the first and third quarters. The Vipers attacked the basket throughout the game and drew 20 more free throw attempts than Albuquerque.
Desmon Farmer followed his career night on Friday with 35 points to lead the Vipers. Kris Collins scored 19 and dished out seven assists. Stanley Asumnu scored a career-high 21 points as he started for the injured Trent Strickland. Asumnu also added a career-best 12 rebounds as he tallied his first professional double-double.
The Thunderbirds were led by Phoenix assignee Alando Tuckerís 38 points. Julius Hodge struggled in the second half as he scored 27 of his 33 points before halftime. Hodge added 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists while Cheyne Gadsen scored 21 off the bench.
The Vipers finish up their three-game stretch against the Thunderbirds on Monday. Tip-off is schedule for 7:00 p.m. at Dodge Arena.