Energy Win Streak Hits Three with Win over RGV Vipers
Des Moines, Iowa - The Iowa Energy (13-12) won 124-120 over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (12-14) Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa was led by Memphis Grizzlies assignee Russ Smith with 30 points and 4 rebounds. Damien Wilkins added a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Glen Rice, Jr. led Rio Grande Valley with 32 points and 11 rebounds.
Rio Grande Valley jumped out to an early first quarter lead. Iowa would come charging back led by Russ Smith's nine first quarter points to take a 28-27 lead after the first quarter. Iowa continued to carry the momentum into the second quarter, extending the lead over the Vipers to 61-53 at halftime. Wilkins and Smith each added seven-second quarter points to lead the Energy.
The second half started out with a close third quarter with the Energy extending their lead to 12 points heading into the fourth and holding a 93-81 advantage. The Vipers were able to mount a comeback in the fourth, outscoring the Energy 39-31 to pull with a only a few points in the closing minutes. The Energy held strong and pulled out a 124-120 win for their third in a row.
The Energy travel to Fort Wayne to play the Mad Ants on Thursday at 6 p.m. The next Energy home game is Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday is Hoops For Troop Military Night with $5 discounted tickets for military personal, friends and family.
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