EDINBURG, Texas — With a 38-point margin, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (9-3) defeated the Texas Legends (7-5) by a final score of 128-90 at Bert Ogden Arena.
Trhae Mitchell recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also hit career-highs in points, rebounds, assists (5), steals (4) and field goals made (8).
The Vipers led the entire game, making a final push to outscore the Legends 38-15 in the final frame of the matchup.
Three other starters scored in double digits; Christian Vital (20 pts, 7 reb, 3 stl), Houston Rockets two-way player Daishen Nix (17 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast, 3 stl) and Trevelin Queen (16 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl). Marcus Foster (19 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast) and Tyler Bey (18 pts, 9 reb) came off the bench to help RGV earn the win.
All of the Legends’ starters scored in double figures with Feron Hunt paving the way for Texas scoring 21 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field. Justin Jackson scored 14 points and tallied eight rebounds. Loudon Love recorded 14 points, six rebounds, Dallas Mavericks two-way player JaQuori McLaughlin tallied 11 points, five rebounds and Carlik Jones also contributed 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Vipers will return to Bert Ogden Arena on Thursday, December 30th as they host the Memphis Hustle at 8:30 ET.
Vipers get revenge on Legends
FRISCO, Texas — The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (9-3) got revenge on the Texas Legends (7-5) after Monday’s loss with a fourth quarter bite to finish 128-90.
The Vipers took over early in the first and maintained control, but Texas stayed close. After six lead changes in the second, RGV went into halftime up 61-54. Facing an 11-point deficit in the third, Texas racked up eight unanswered points, but the Vipers hit a 14-2 streak to the buzzer. The home team dominated the fourth quarter 38-15 to hand the Legends their worst loss of the season.
Feron Hunt led the Legends with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Justin Jackson finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds while Loudon Love added 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. JaQuori McLaughlin and Carlik Jones rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points each and combined for 9 rebounds.
Trhae Mitchell powered the Vipers with the game’s only double-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Christian Vital added 20 points, 7 rebounds, and Marcus Foster came off the bench for 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Legends now head to the Winter Showcase in Las Vegas.