Bighorns Update: Santa Cruz Split
After a dominant stretch in February, the Reno Bighorns placed an exclamation point on their month with a victory this past weekend.
Reno capped off a 7-2 month in which they also recorded a season-high seven-game winning streak that dated back to January.
The Kings affiliate remains firmly in first place in the Western Conference. Since taking the top spot, the Bighorns have now increased the distance between themselves and the second-place Austin Spurs to 2.5 games.
The final opponent for February was the Santa Cruz Warriors, who the Kings affiliate faced on back-to-back nights this past Friday and Saturday.
Santa Cruz claimed the first game at home, edging out Reno in a close 121-115 matchup.
The Bighorns exacted revenge on the Warriors the next night in Reno, however, downing Golden State’s D-League affiliate by a score of 133-124.
Dukan scored 22 points behind his four three-pointers while also pitching in six rebounds and three assists. The backcourt combo of Stockton and Green both logged a game-high 26 points en route to the win.
Additionally, all three players combined to shoot a flawless 22 for 22 at the free throw line.
Reno Acquires Gani Lawal
This past week, the Bighorns added a new face to their roster after they acquired forward Gani Lawal along with a 2016 4th round draft pick via trade with the Westchester Knicks.
The Kings affiliate sent back a 2016 6th round pick along with the returning player rights to former Reno guard Ra’shad James.
Lawal is a former second round selection taken 46th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2010 NBA Draft. The former Georgia Tech standout spent the 2010-11 season splitting time between the Suns and the Iowa Energy.
Since then, Lawal has played internationally before returning to the D-League last season with the Delaware 87ers.
With fewer than 15 games remaining, the Bighorns will look to continue distancing themselves from the pack in order to solidify home-court advantage when the postseason starts in April.
This week, the Kings affiliate will engage in another back-to-back swing, taking on the Texas Legends on Wednesday and Thursday night. With both games taking place at home in Reno, the Bighorns will look to capitalize on a Legends team that currently sits at just 17-18 in the standings.