BIGHORNS DROP HIGH-SCORING SEASON FINALE TO VIPERS
April 7, 2012
RENO, NEV.— The Reno Bighorns and Rio Grande Valley Vipers entered their final game of the season Saturday night with the NBA D-League’s two top offenses, and both teams showcased their incredible ability to score. Every Bighorn in the lineup scored in double digits, led by Memphis Grizzlies assignee Josh Selby who had a monstrous 38 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but the Bighorns fell 143-136 to the Vipers.
Will Blalock had the Bighorns only double-double with 10 points and 11 assists and Mo Charlo posted 16 points and eight rebounds. The Vipers were led by Tyren Johnson’s 30 points and 14 rebounds while teammate Kelvin Lewis put up 28 points. Former Bighorn and current Houston Rockets assignee Courtney Fortson had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Vipers.
The fast-paced game had both teams shooting lights out, with the Bighorns making 55.2 percent of their shot attempts compared to the Vipers 48.0 percent. The difference in the game was behind the three-point line, where the Vipers shot 42.5 percent on a bulky 40 attempts. There were a total of 194 shot attempts and 82 free throws taken in the game.
Other notable performances for the Bighorns were Eric Devendorf with 21 points, Antoine Wright with 17 points and David Palmer with 13 points and eight rebounds. First year Bighorn head coach Paul Mokeski ended the season with a 3-3 record against the Vipers, the team which he previously won a D-League Championship with in 2010 as an assistant coach.
This game marked the end of the Bighorn’s first season under Bighorns Basketball, LLC., an ownership group who purchased the team last August, led by managing partner Herb Santos, Jr.
Reno Bighorns 2012-2013 season ticket packages are on sale today. For more information call (775)853-8220 or visit RenoBighorns.com.