Rio Grande Valley 83, Tulsa 82
HIDALGO, Texas, Nov. 28 -- Trent Strickland scored a game-high 24 points and hauled in eight rebounds as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers opened their season with a tight 83-82 victory over their division rival Tulsa 66ers on Friday night at Dodge Arena. The Vipers are 2-0 in season openers after winning last seasonís inaugural contest over the Austin Toros.
The Vipers started the game sluggish as they allowed the 66ers to push the lead to 13-4 in the first quarter. The Vipers then took the lead after going on an 11-0 run and made the score 15-13. Rio Grande would push the lead to as many as 17 and would not surrender until Derrick Dialís fade away jumper with 1:55 remaining in regulation. Smush Parker made the final two free throws to seal the win for Rio Grande Valley.
Smush Parker finished the night with 14 points and nine rebounds while dishing out six assists and Quin Humphrey rounded out the double-digit scorers for Rio Grande Valley with 10 points. Dial finished the night a rebound shy of a double-double with his 20 points and nine rebounds.
The Vipers will play the second half of a back-to-back as they host the Utah Flash on Saturday night at Dodge Arena with tip-off set for 7:00 pm.