Dominant Second Quarter Lifts Reno to 118-100 Win
Feb. 25, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa— Reno trailed East Conference-leading Iowa 27-20 after one quarter, but started the second period on a 22-2 run and thwarted a late Iowa rally, defeating the Energy 118-100 Thursday morning in Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa entered Thursday's game with the D-League's best record, but Reno played Iowa tough for the second-straight contest, highlighted by a 36-14 second quarter edge. Cezary Trybanski and Yaroslav Korolev combined for 21 second-quarter points, and Reno finished its season-long five-game road trip with a 4-1 record.
The win snapped Iowa's season-high nine-game winning streak, and moved the Bighorns closer to the eighth and final playoff spot with just 16 games remaining. Heading into tonight's games, four teams—Albuquerque, Utah, Idaho and Reno—are all within one and a half games of the league's final playoff spot.
Trybanski paced Reno's scoring attack, pouring in a game-high 24 points off the bench on 10-of-11 shooting. Desmon Farmer added 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, while Will Blalock scored 12 points to go with 10 assists for his second-straight double-double.
Othyus Jeffers finished with 19 points to lead Iowa, which despite the loss still leads the East Conference by eight and a half games over the Maine Red Claws. Earl Barron added a game-high 15 rebounds for the Energy.
Reno returns home on Saturday for a weekend series against Tulsa. Saturday's game tips at 7 p.m. and Sunday's contest is set for 3 p.m.
Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.
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