66ers Ride Hot Shooting to Beat Dazzle 124-105
ROANOKE, Va. - Milwaukee Bucks prospect Ersan Illysova scored a team-high 28 points to lead the visiting Tulsa 66ers to a 124-105 victory over the Roanoke Dazzle, Saturday night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The 66ers scorched the Civic Center nets shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from behind the three-point arc.
The Dazzle would grab the early lead in the first quarter at 11-10 at the 8:50 mark of the stanza. Then the 66ers shooting took over as they rode John Lucas's hot hand to a 31-25 lead after one. Lucas scored 11 of his 19 total points in the frame.
In the second, Tulsa would continue their hot shooting and extended the lead to double-digits by the halftime break at 65-52.
The Dazzle would never get closer than 11 points the rest of the way. The Tulsa lead would actually grow to as many as 22 points with just under two minutes left in the contest. They would coast the final minute and a half to the final margin of 124-105.
"We're a hard team to guard when we're hitting our shots," said 66ers Head Coach Joey Meyers. "We've got a lot of three-point weapons and can stretch the floor."
For the game, the 66ers had six players score in double figures. Illyasova led the way with his 28, Desmon Farmer had 26, Lucas with 19, Bernard Kind had 15, Otis George had 13 and Will Conroy put up a triple-double with 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Dazzle continued their struggles since the departure of All-D-League guards Will Bynum and Anthony Grundy.
The Dazzle had five players reach double figures in scoring with Isiah Victor recording a double-double by grabbing 11 boards to go with his game-high 29 points, Peter Ramos had 18 points, Seth Doliboa and Bryant Matthews both added 12 points and newcomer Brian Chase chipped in with 10 points.
With the win the 66ers climb to 21-23 on the season and the loss drops the Dazzle to 24-22. These two teams will face each other again tomorrow in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the Roanoke Civic Center with tip-off slated for 4:00 p.m.
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