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BIGHORNS DEFEAT THE JAM IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME
RENO, NV —- The 2015-16 NBA D-League Pacific Division Champion Reno Bighorns (33-17) defeated the Bakersfield Jam (22-28) 133-127 during their final regular season game of the 2015-16 season Saturday night at the Reno Events Center.
Kadeem Jack recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bighorns. Akeem Richmond notched 27 points and six rebounds as Ricky Ledo had 19 points and two rebounds. David Stockton totaled 18 points and four assists.
Deonte Burton led the Jam with 24 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Xavier Silas totaled 23 points and seven rebounds while Renaldo Major added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Jam.
The Bighorns opened up the game going on a 7-2 run behind two triples in the first minute of play from Ledo. The teams would exchange the lead and tie twice in a matter of two minutes before the Jam would take control of the lead after a lay-up from Burton. The Bighorns would close the deficit to one-point after a three sunk from Richmond with one minute to play. The Bighorns would end the first trailing the Jam 33-30.
Ledo would connect with a three in the opening seconds of the second quarter before the Bighorns would go on a 12-4 run, tying the score at 42 with 9:26 remaining in the first half. The Bighorns would chip away at the Jam making it a tied game two more times in the quarter. The Bighorns would go into the locker room trailing the Jam 74-67. Jack would score 13 of his 28 points in the second going 4-4 from the field.
The Jam would open the second half on a 6-2 run before the Bighorns would respond with an 11-4 run making it a two-point game at the seven minute mark. The Jam would have a 17-point lead over the Bighorns with five minutes on the clock, giving the Jam their biggest lead of the night. The Bighorns would go on an 8-2 run at the end of the quarter making it 103-101 at the end of the third with the Bighorns trailing the Jam.
The fourth quarter was a tightly contest battle, with five ties and five lead changes. The Bighorns would tie the game at 109 with eight minutes left to play. After a three from Richmond, the Bighorns would take control of the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 115-113 advantage over the Jam with 5:30 left in play. The Jam would control the lead two more times in the quarter before the Bighorns would go on a 7-2 run to earn a 133-127 victory over the Jam.
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About the Reno Bighorns:
The Reno Bighorns are a member of the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA. The Bighorns are affiliated with the Sacramento Kings. Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now! For more information, call the Bighorns front office at 775-853-8220 or visit RenoBighorns.com. Follow us on Twitter @renobighorns and “like” the Bighorns on Facebook at facebook.com/bighornshoops. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on –nbadleague.com.