March 12, 2009
The Colorado 14ers, led by Colorado assignee Sonny Weems’ 26 points, won the 4th quarter 34-15 en route to a 126-109 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Thursday night at the Broomfield Event Center. The 14ers closed out the season series with RGV taking all seven match-ups. The loss drops the Vipers franchise’s record against Colorado to 1-14 all time. The win is the fifth straight for the 14ers and the ninth in a row at home.
The Vipers and 14ers fought back and forth for the first three periods. The team’s traded the lead nine times with 11 ties on Thursday. The Vipers had leads in the each of the four quarters but could not hold on. Marcus Hubbard’s three pointer from the top-of-the key with 1:36 remaining capped off a 10-0 run gave the Vipers their largest lead of six points. Rio Grande Valley started the 4th quarter up 94-92.
Despite all kinds of shooting woes in the first three periods the 14ers scored at will to begin the 4th. Weem’s two free throws with 9:21 remaining in the 4th capped off Colorado’s 12-2 run to start the 4th quarter, which gave the 14ers the lead for good. John Lucas scored 13 of his 20 points in Colorado’s huge fourth quarter.
Jawad Williams scored 28 points and hauled in five rebounds to lead all scorers. Kurt Looby posted his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds while also swatting five Colorado shots. Quin Humphrey was the only double-digit scorer off the bench for RGV with 16.
Eddie Gill finished two assists shy of a triple-double scoring 16 points and tallying 10 boards. Josh Davis, despite a poor shooting night still scored 17 points and brought down a team high 12 boards.
The Vipers will continue their six game road swing on Saturday night when the Vipers face the defending D-league champion Idaho Stampede at Qwest Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm CT