The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (21-10) defeated Texas Legends (12-21), 129-125, on Saturday night. Houston Rockets assignee, Isaiah Hartenstein, once again, earned a double-double with 42 points and 21 rebounds. His 42 points is a career-high.
Texas entered the first quarter of play ready to go on offense, outscoring the Vipers 32-24. Two-way player, Daryl Macon, scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in the period to help lead the Legends effort. Portland Trailblazers assignee, Gary Trent Jr., matched Macon offensively, scoring 10 points of his own. locked in the double-double by the end of the first with 12 points, 11 rebounds.
The contest was close at the halfway point as the Legends escaped with a 60-58 lead. Macon continued to be the man on offense for Texas, totaling 17 points at the half and dishing out four assists. Mavericks assignee, Ray Spalding, dropped 14 points before going to the locker room for the break.
Michael Frazier quietly collected 17 points for the Vipers in the half while Hartenstein added on to his nightly totals, this time tallying 19 points and 13 rebounds heading into the break. Jordan Johnson was generous on the court once again, totaling five assists for RGV.
Things were all locked up at the end of the third period, 93-93, as both teams continued to battle it out intensely on the court. Trent Jr. rose his point total to 21 by the end of the period which matched Macon once again as he tallied 21 points. Johnson neared his season-high in assists with eight thus far as he helped his team keep pace.
Frazier ended the game posting 27 points and six rebounds while Dakarai Tucker quietly collected 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
For the Legends, Trent Jr. turned into the offensive weapon with 34 points on the court, closely followed by Macon who locked in 27 points. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 17 points and nine assists for Texas.