Austin Spurs Fall to Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Opening Night
CEDAR PARK, Texas (Nov. 8, 2019) - The Austin Spurs (0-1), presented by SWBC, --fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (1-0) by a final score of 120-112 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Friday evening.
-San Antonio Spurs assignee Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 25 points (11-13 FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Spurs assignee Luka Å amaniÄ posted 13 points (6-13 FG) and 10 rebounds. Spurs assignee Chimezie Metu also finished with 13 points (6-12 FG) and 7 rebounds.
Daulton Hommes chipped in 15 points (3-11 FG, 2-9 3FG, 4-4 FT), while two-way player Quinndary Weatherspoon posted 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Matt Farrell scored the first basket for the Spurs by hitting a three pointer in the first quarter. The game was tightly contested throughout the first half, but the Spurs had the lead at the half, 61-51.
The game saw four lead changes throughout the first half, with the Spurs having their biggest lead at 11 points with 2:28 remaining in the second. The Spurs also led the way with points in the paint (38), second chance points (12) and fast break points (9) during the first half.
The Spurs started out the second half strong with the lead growing to 17 with 5:37 left in the third quarter, but the hot shooting from the Vipers helped them get back into the game. In the second half, the Vipers shot 40.7% (11-27) as a team from the three-point line. The Vipers finished the game with a 12-0 run in the final minute and a half, allowing the Vipers to come away with the win.
For the Vipers, Gary Clark led the way with 27 points and 9 rebounds in 35 minutes of play, while Isaiah Hartenstein posted 25 points and 21 rebounds in 37 minutes. Angel Rodriguez also posted a strong game with 25 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in 40 minutes.
Austin hits the road tomorrow, Nov. 9, to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or the full season schedule, visit austinspurs.com.
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