Idaho extends win streak to four by dropping Albuquerque on back-to-back nights
BOISE, Idaho - One day after the Idaho Stampede dropped the Albuquerque Thunderbirds in thrilling fashion, both teams again provided an exciting game for fans as the Stampede trampled the Thunderbirds 92-80 at Qwest Arena.
The Stampede (5-6) have won five of their last six games, including four in a row, while the Thunderbirds (6-5) have lost three straight.
Eddie Robinson led a balanced attack by the Stampede with 18 points, while Peter Ramos added 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Idaho.
Dijon Thompson led Albuquerque with game-highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Joe Shipp pitched in 17 points.
"It was a great weekend for us," said Stampede Head Coach Bryan Gates. "We just need to continue to gel and work hard and good things will happen."
The first quarter went back and forth as each team traded small leads five times. Idaho proceeded to go on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter that extended to a ten-point lead by halftime. The Stampede never gave up another lead the rest of the contest.
Just after halftime, Stampede guard Luke Jackson hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 13 points, then the Thunderbirds made the game close by going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to two points mid-way through the third quarter.
Albuquerque again started strong to begin the fourth quarter, cutting the Stampede lead to four with 11 minutes remaining in the game. But Idaho pushed the lead back to 11 points and the Thunderbirds never got closer than seven points the rest of the game.
Idaho finishes off their three-game holiday home stand on Wednesday, December 27 when they take on the Dakota Wizards. Albuquerque heads back home the same night to face the Bakersfield Jam.
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