Reno Bighorns Release
Despite a last second three attempt from Ledo, the 2015-16 NBA D-League Pacific Division Champion Reno Bighorns fell 111-108 to the Los Angeles D-Fenders during Game 3 in the First Round of the 2016 Western Conference Semi-Finals Tuesday Night at the Reno Events Center.
Erick Green recorded 33 points, four rebounds and two assists to lead the Bighorns. Ricky Ledo followed Green closely with 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Kadeem Jack tallied 17 points and nine rebounds as David Stockton had 10 points, two rebounds and six assists.
Vander Blue led the D-Fenders with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Ryan Gomes notched 20 points, four rebounds and two assists while Josh Magette added 16 points and seven rebounds.
The first quarter was a tightly contested battle that saw seven lead changes and four ties. The D-Fenders would get the first points in the game after a three from Magette in the opening seconds. The two teams would keep the score tight until the Bighorns would go on a 12-6 run giving them a 29-22 lead with 1:06 left in the first. The Bighorns would win the frame 29-26.
The Bighorns opened up the second quarter going on a 6-2 run. The D-Fenders would come back to tie the game at 36 with 8:36 left in the first half. The Bighorns went on a 8-3 run to get a 44-39 advantage over the D-Fenders. The D-Fenders would take control of the lead at the 4:40 mark before Luke Martinez would connect with a corner triple and Jack would hit a lay-up to give the Bighorns a 56-51 lead over the D-Fenders. The Bighorns would go into the locker room at the half leading the D-Fenders 62-59.
The two teams exchanged the lead 11 times and tied 11 times in the first half.
The Bighorns opened up the third quarter on a 12-5 run taking an early 74-64 lead. The D-Fenders responded with a 12-5 run with 2:30 on the clock. The frame was a low scoring affair with the Bighorns losing the third 21-19.
The teams would match each other point-for-point in the final frame with each team going on a 8-7 run to open the fourth. A jumper from Stockton would give the Bighorns a three-point advantage with 9:00 remaining in play. The D-Fenders would retake the lead after a lay-up from Speedy Smith and a triple from Gomes. A quick 4-2 run by the Bighorns would again give them control of the lead. Magette would hit a triple at the 3:00 mark before Green would respond with a deep triple with 2:30 left on the clock. The D-Fenders would go on a 8-4 run to make the score 109-105 with 27 seconds left in play. A fade away three from Green with 11.8 seconds on the clock would close the Bighorns deficit to 109-108. The D-Fenders would go to the line to hit two free-throws before Ledo would sink a triple out of regulation time. The Bighorns would fall 111-108 to the D-Fenders to end their 2015-16 season.