Reno Bighorns qualify for NBADL playoffs
RENO – The Reno Bighorns officially punched their ticket to the postseason Saturday night, topping Albuquerque 114-106 in the Reno Events Center to advance to the NBA D-League playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Reno will face off with the Tulsa 66ers at home at 4 p.m. Sunday in the regular-season finale. Reno’s first-round playoff opponent and game date will be determined following the conclusion of the regular season. The Bighorns’ first playoff game will be played in the Reno Events Center, and ticket details will be available as soon as the playoff seedings are determined.
After a dominant effort against Albuquerque (18-32) on Friday night, the Bighorns (27-22) had to withstand a fourth-quarter Thunderbirds rally to secure the victory on Saturday. Reno scored 34 points in the second and third quarters on Saturday to build a cushion that Albuquerque couldn’t overcome.
Saturday’s outcome marked Reno’s sixth straight victory and Albuquerque’s 10th straight loss.
Desmon Farmer led six Bighorns in double figures with 26 points and 10 assists. All four Reno reserves that entered the game finished in double figures, headed by an 18-point, 10-rebound effort for Cezary Trybanski.
Albuquerque was paced by 25 points from Antoine Agudio and 18 points off the bench by Anthony Danridge. The Thunderbirds connected on 47.8 percent of their three-point attempts and matched Reno with 40 rebounds on the night.
The Bighorns conclude the regular season on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Reno Events Center. In addition to all tickets from Monday’s postponed game being honored at the door, fans can purchase any bowl seat for just $5. All area children are invited to a special Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 2:30 p.m., and as with all Sunday games, the contest will feature $1 hot dogs all game long. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.
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