– Bakersfield Jam guard Trey Johnson hit a fall-away jumper at the buzzer to lead the Jam past the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 116-114 tonight at the Jam Events Center.
Johnson finished with 20 points and 20 assists while hitting 8-of-19 shots.
Craig Winder hit a long three-pointer from the left wing to tie the game 114-114 with 10 seconds left before Johnson hit the game-winner.
Brian Butch hit a pair of three-pointers during an 18-4 Jam (11-28) run late in the fourth to take a 107-105 lead after being down 101-89 with 5:50 remaining.
With the Vipers (27-11) up 8-4 3:09 into the game after an Ernest Scott lay-up, the Jam went on a 14-0 run until Winder hit a driving lay-up with 3:42 left in the first quarter. Reece Gaines had seven points during the run. The Vipers responded with a 7-0 run to get within 18-15 1:16 later.
A Winder lay-up brought the Vipers within 35-32 with 6:19 left in the second quarter, but the Jam responded with a 9-2 run to take a 44-34 lead 3:17 later.
Kenny Hasbrouck hit a lay-up to give the Vipers their first lead since the first quarter at 63-62 as the Vipers opened the third on a 22-9 run over the first 6:44. The Vipers outscored the Jam 41-21 in the third quarter to take an 82-74 lead.
Hasbrouck finished with a career-high 29 points while hitting 12-of-20 shots. Winder scored 28 points to go with a career-high nine rebounds, five assists and a career-high tying five steals.
The Jam were led in scoring by Will Daniels who scored 28 points. Butch finished with 18 points and 19 rebounds.