Iowa Over-Powers Vipers
EDINBURG, Texas - The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-27) fell short to Iowa Wolves (19-24) on Wednesday night at home, 128-126.
The Wolves grasped the lead over the Vipers in the first frame of the matchup, 41-34. Houston Rockets assignee Isaiah Hartenstein was quick to hit the double-digit mark with 12 points.
In the second quarter, the Vipers attempted to make a comeback, Iowa outscored them going into the half with a 74-66 score. Hartenstein led the game with 26 points and eight rebounds. Lindell Wigginton led for the Wolves with 13 points, shooting 6 for 9 from the field.
During the third quarter, the Vipers outscored the Wolves 31-30 but were still trailing. Five players hit the double figures for Iowa while four players for the Vipers hit the double scoring mark. Hartenstein earned a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
The final frame of the game became an intense matchup between both teams. With less than two minutes left on the clock, Rockets assignee Chris Clemons hit a three-pointer which earned the Vipers a lead. Iowa struck with a three which gave them the lead again.
With less than a minute on the clock, Hartenstein tied the game, but the road team took the lead after hitting a two-point shot 128-126. Clemons hit 29 points tonight along with seven rebounds and four assists.
Hartenstein hit a double-double for the seventh time this season after he locked in 31 points and 12 rebounds. His 31 points were the second time he's hit 30+ this season. Shawn Occeus tallied a season-high of three blocks to go along with nine points and a career-high of six rebounds.
The Wolves had four starters in the double figures while two made an impact off the bench. Wigginton hit 24 points and 10 rebounds for a team high.
RGV continues home play on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. CT against Capital City Go-Go for another back-to-back weekend. For more information, contact the RGV Vipers at 956-56-ARENA or visit www.rgvipers.com.
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