Jared Jordan’s jumper with 2:20 remaining in overtime turned out to be the game winner as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16-24) knocked off the defending D-League champion Idaho Stampede (25-15) Saturday night at Qwest Arena. With the win the Vipers sweep the season series against Idaho 2-0
Both teams had a chance to win the game near the end of regulation. Idaho had possession of the ball with the game tied at 103 and 23 seconds remaining. Kevin Burleson, in an attempt to find Brent Petway in the right corner for potential game winning jumper, over shot his teammate and threw the ball out of bounds giving the Vipers a chance to win it with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. Trent Strickland missed a jumper as time expired sending the game to overtime.
The Vipers outscored the Stampede 5-3 in the overtime period to earn the victory. It was a tight game from the opening minutes. The Vipers and Stampede traded the lead 21 times and were knotted up eight times. The Vipers are now 3-1 lifetime against defending D-League champions in their history.
Strickland tallied his first double-double since February 20th with a team-high 24 points while hauling in 10 rebounds. Jordan recorded his seventh double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 he assists, finishing three rebounds shy of a triple-double. Jawad Williams scored 22 and Quin Humphrey scored12 to round out the double-digit scorers for RGV.
The Vipers will finish their six game road trip on Friday night when they face the Albuquerque Thunderbirds for the final time this season. Tip-off from Tingley Coliseum is scheduled for 8:00 pm CT.