Bighorns stay in hot pursuit of final NBADL playoff berth
RENO – Seven Bighorns finished in double figures, and Reno notched its highest scoring output of the season Friday night in a 134-112 victory over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in the Reno Events Center.
The Bighorns (26-22) have now won five straight games, and Reno remains in position to potentially capture the eighth-and-final NBA D-League playoff spot with just two games left on the slate, both at home.
Reno posted 67 points in the first half Friday night and went to intermission with a 15-point advantage. Albuquerque (18-31) hung tough in the third quarter, but Reno was too much in the fourth, outscoring the T-Birds 35-26 in the final frame to collect the win. The loss marked the ninth straight for Albuquerque.
Desmon Farmer knocked down four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 31 points for Reno. Rod Benson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards, while D.J. Strawberry came off the bench to chip in 22 with eight assists for the Bighorns.
Albuquerque, who like Reno featured seven players in double figures, was led by a 22-point effort from Shane Edwards. Sasha Cuic recorded 10 points and 10 boards off the bench, and Jason Horton recorded 17 assists.
The Bighorns and Thunderbirds will go back at it again on Saturday night in the Reno Events Center, with Reno’s playoff aspirations at stake. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. On Sunday, Reno will face the Tulsa 66ers in the Reno Events Center in what could be a win-and-you’re-in scenario. Sunday’s tip is slated for 4 p.m., and all bowl seating is available for $5.
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