14ers Turn Out the Lights on the Toros
DENVER - March 4, 2009 - In a bizarre ending, the Colorado 14ers held off the Austin Toros to take a 113-106 win at the Broomfield Event Center Wednesday night. Colorado held a seven point lead with 30.2 seconds remaining when a power outage hit Broomfield, leaving only the emergency lights from a back-up generator available to finish the game. After a short deliberation, the officials and both coaches agreed to finish the contest somewhat in the dark, and the 14ers held on for the win.
Neither team would score under the unusual conditions in the final 30 seconds, as Ezra Williams misfired on a 3-pointer and Stanley Burrell couldn't convert the put back for Austin. Despite a pair of missed free throws from Dominique Coleman in the dark, Colorado held on in the final 11 seconds to secure the victory.
"I thought I had seen it all, but this is the first time we've ever played in the dark," said 14ers head coach Bob MacKinnon. "I can't say enough positive things about the class that Quin Snyder has. He said it's the same conditions for both teams and there's nothing we can do about it. I thought he really stepped up and allowed us to finish an important game. "
Colorado moves to within 1.5 games of Austin in the Southwest Division with the win, but it didn't come without a fight. After the 14ers took a 13 point second quarter lead, the Toros stormed back with a 24-9 run in the final 7:37 of the half to take a two point lead to the locker room. Colorado countered with a 33 point third quarter to regain control of the game and hang on for the win.
The 14ers were led by Josh Davis' 29 point effort on 11-16 shooting. John Lucas added 20 with nine assists, and Dominique Coleman posted 17 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists in the win.
Current D-League Performer of the Week Marcus Williams led the way for Austin with a game-high 31 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists. Ezra Williams added 23 points and 11 boards for the Toros in the loss.
Both teams will now travel to Albuquerque for their next games. Austin will visit the Thunderbirds on Friday night, with Colorado tipping off at Tingley Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
For more information on the 14ers schedule and team, log on to www.14ershoops.com. Tickets for all 14ers home games at the Broomfield Event Center are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, 303-830-TIXS, and at www.ticketmaster.com.
About the NBA Development League: The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams for the 2008-09 season. An expansion team will begin play in Portland, Maine for the 2009-10 season. Sixty former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA start-of-season rosters, and the league continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.
About the Broomfield Event Center: Located on the south side of U.S. Highway 36, between 112th and 120th Streets, the Broomfield Event Center is a state of the art 180,000 square foot multi-purpose event center with 6,000 seats, including 25 suites, 900 club seats, a sit-down restaurant, two themed bars and a separate basketball practice facility. The Broomfield Event Center is set to host concerts, trade shows, rodeos and sporting events. It is the home of the Rocky Mountain Rage Professional Hockey Club (Central Hockey League) and the Colorado 14ers Professional Basketball Club (NBA Development League, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets affiliate team).
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