VIPERS ANNOUNCE EXHIBITION GAME VS TAMPICO HURACANES

October 9, 2013

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced a preseason exhibition game, presented by the City of Edinburg, on Sunday, Nov. 17 between the Vipers and the Tampico Huracanes at 3 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse on the campus of The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Admission to this exhibition game is free.

The Huracanes are members of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (National Professional Basketball League) (LNBP), which features 16 professional teams throughout Mexico. The Huracanes compiled a 22-18 record during the 2012-13 LNBP season. Tampico was eliminated by Abejas in the first round of the 2013 LNBP playoffs.

The RGV Vipers are the defending NBA Development League Champions. The Vipers finished the regular season with a franchise-best 35-14 record, and captured the championship with a 16-game win-streak to end the season.

“The Vipers are excited to once again host an international preseason exhibition game at UTPA,” said RGV Vipers president Bert Garcia. “This will be the Valley’s first opportunity to get a glimpse of this year’s Vipers squad and what we can expect during the 2013-14 season.”

This exhibition game marks the first time the Vipers will play in the RGV since winning the 2013 NBA Development League Championship. The Vipers will open the 2013-14 regular-season on the road versus the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Nov. 23 and versus the Bakersfield Jam on Nov. 26. The Vipers home opener and championship celebration will take place Nov. 29 when RGV hosts the Tulsa 66ers at 7 p.m. at State Farm Arena.

Prior to the exhibition game, the South Texas Hoopsters Under-12 team will play the Tampico Huracanes Under-12 team in a noon contest at the UTPA Fieldhouse. Admission to the game is also free.

The UTPA Fieldhouse is located on North 5th Avenue on the east side of The University of Texas-Pan American campus.

For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and season ticket information, call the Vipers or visit www.rgvipers.com.

About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.