Energy Win in OT to Remain Perfect at Home
DES MOINES, Iowa-
Player of the Game Patrick Sanders led the Iowa Energy with 23 points as Iowa beat Rio Grande Valley in an overtime thriller, 111-107 at Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy's Curtis Stinson hit key free throws late in the game to help seal the victory for Iowa.
Down by one with under :20 left in regulation, the Energy's Cartier Martin drilled a baseline 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to put the Energy up by one. Rio Grande Valley's Alton Ford then hit one of two free throws to send the game to overtime.
The extra session was a back and forth struggle until Sanders scored and was fouled late in the game. Sanders made the free throw to put the Energy up by three. After getting a defensive stop, Stinson made one free throw to ice the game.
Stinson finished the game with a triple double (22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) while Courtney Sims finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Rookie Othyus Jeffers scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds for the victors.
Rio Grande Valley was led by Kendall Dartez who finished with 24 points.
The Energy are home again on Thursday (Christmas Night) as they take on Reno at 7pm.
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