The NBA D-League Western Conference Leader Reno Bighorns (30-16) defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders (26-20) 131-113 Friday night at the Reno Events Center.
Ricky Ledo netted 29 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and added five assists to lead the Bighorns. Erick Green scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added three assists as David Stockton logged a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Sacramento Kings Assignment Player, Duje Dukan, tallied 19 points and seven assists.
Vander Blue led the D-Fenders with 31 points, two rebounds and five assists. Ryan Gomes totaled 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Andre Ingram added 18 points and four rebounds for the D-Fenders.
The Bighorns would jump out to an early 9-point lead over the D-Fenders in the first quarter before the D-Fenders would go on a 7-0 run taking their biggest lead of the night with a 28-25 advantage over the Bighorns. Back-to-back threes from Dukan with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter gave Bighorns a 32-30 lead they would never relinquish.
The Bighorns continued to control the game in the second quarter with a 51-41 lead midway through the quarter after going on a 9-0 run. The Bighorns went 9-17 from behind the arc. The D-Fenders chipped away at the Bighorns closing the deficit to 55-50 with 4:30 remaining in the first half. The Bighorns responded with 9-2 run behind threes from Dukan and Ledo to end first half with a 72-59 lead over the D-Fenders.
The Bighorns would continue to maintain their advantage over the D-Fenders entering the third quarter going on an early 9-0 run. Erick Green would go 3-4 from behind the arc in the third. The Bighorns took a 90-73 lead over the D-Fenders with 7:00 remaining in the frame. The Bighorns won the frame 33-30, leading the D-Fenders 105-89 heading into the final quarter. Green scored 13 of his 22 points in the third.
The Bighorns kept control of the game going on an 8-0 run giving the Bighorns their biggest lead of the night with a 124-98 advantage halfway through the fourth quarter. Dukan netted eight points in the quarter. The Bighorns earned a 131-113 win over the D-Fenders, logging their fourth straight home win.
The Bighorns finished the night going 25-51 from three-point range.
The Bighorns will host the Idaho Stampede on Saturday, Mar. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center.