Reno's Comeback Bid Falls Short in 114-112 Loss at Sioux Falls

For Immediate Release
Dec. 18, 2009

Box Score

RENO, Nev.— Reno used a 12-0 run in the game’s final minutes to take a two-point lead with 28 seconds remaining, but a three-point field goal by Skyforce forward Keith Brumbaugh with 15 seconds left lifted Sioux Falls to a 114-112 victory over the Bighorns Friday night at Sioux Falls Arena.

The Bighorns (4-4) trailed 110-100 with less than six minutes to play, but responded with 12 unanswered points to take a 112-110 with 28 seconds left to play. Brumbaugh’s three-pointer from the corner put Sioux Falls (5-3) back in the lead, 113-112, with 15 seconds remaining.

Desmon Farmer’s ensuing running shot attempt in the lane was blocked and Russell Robinson’s put-back attempt missed the mark. Sioux Falls converted one of two free throw attempts on the other end to the seal the victory and end Reno’s three-game winning streak.

Farmer led all scorers with 31 points, while Rod Benson kicked-in a double-double for Reno with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Michael Joiner led five Skyforce players in double figures, registering 21 points. David Bailey pulled down 10 boards for Sioux Falls.

Next-up for the Bighorns is a date with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday night. Tip-time is set for 5:30 p.m. PST from Dodge Arena in McAllen, Texas. The game can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.RenoBighorns.com.

Reno returns home on Saturday, Dec. 26 to face-off with the Tulsa 66ers. Game time is slated for 7 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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