With the new year hopefully comes a new attitude for Rio Grande Valley as they begin a very important six game stretch where they play five of their next six games against two of the worst teams in the D-League. Tonight the first of back-to-back home games against the division rival Thunderbirds.
The Vipers knocked of ABQ back on Dec 14th with 122-99 win at Dodge Arena. The T-birds may be 2-9 but have been playing better recently. The beat Idaho back on Dec 26th and had a couple of tight home contests with the division leading Austin Toros.
Will Conroy continues to lead the league in scoring. He is a pesky player, probably the peskiest in the league. He is one of those players that you hate when he is on the opposing club, but you love when he is on your team. He makes good plays, scores the basketball, gets his steals and his assists. A solid player, who likes to put pressure on the refs and flop a little bit too... See what I mean about he is a player you love to hate?
The Vipers have had a couple of long and intense practices, and they needed it. They worked on pick-and roll defense and worked on getting Joey Dorsey aka Ray Lewis with a basketball...along with Jared Jordan aclimated to the offense. Lets hope it helps.. Also still no replacement for Kendall Dartez we will let you know when we hear something.
Dont forget to tune in tonight on NBA Futurecast or on ESPN 1240-AM
Here are the starters
G- Smush Parker
G- Alpha Bangura
C- Alton Ford
F- Joey Dorsey (Houston Rockets)
F- Trent Strickland
I am going to attempt a running gamer tonight... but bear with me as I am calling the game...but I will try...