Bighorns Lose To D-Fenders Late Game Run

For Immediate Release

January 7, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF.—The Reno Bighorns lost a tight game to the Los Angeles D-Fenders Friday night, being outscored 12-5 in the game’s final three minutes and losing 101-102. The Bighorn’s Andre Emmett had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss, complemented by Blake Ahearn’s 21 points and Mo Charlo’s eight points and game-high 16 rebounds. Elijah Millsap had 24 points for the D-Fenders.

The two teams battled closely throughout, with the Bighorns taking 96-90 advantage with three minutes left in the game. The D-Fenders made a run and eventually took a three point lead on an Orien Greene three point play. Terrance Thomas then hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game at 101. With five seconds left, D-Fender’s Courtney Fortson was fouled and would make 1-of-2 free throws to win the game.

The Bighorn’s record now stands at 8-9 going into the NBA D-League Showcase. The D-Fenders improved to 3-1 against the Bighorns on the season.

The Bighorns will return to Reno for their D-League Showcase game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday Night at the Reno Events Center. The game marks a rematch between last season’s playoff semifinals where the Vipers eliminated the Bighorns in two games. Now Bighorns head coach was an assistant coach on that Vipers team.

Reno Bighorns season and group ticket packages are on sale today. Groups can experience one of the many Fan Experience Packages, including playing a game on the Bighorns court or performing a routine at halftime of a game. For more information call (775)853-8220 or visit