RENO, NV, (Mar. 20, 2017) – The Texas Legends (23-22) rallied from an 18-point first to a 38-point fourth quarter performance, but the comeback fell short as the Reno Bighorns (17-27) took the 136-126 win at home.
The Legends got off to a rough start hitting only 36% for 18 points in the first. Facing a double-digit deficit early, Texas managed to stay the gap and match the home team point-for-point heading into the half. J.J. Avila played all 12 minutes before the break, hitting 6-of-7 and 2-of-3 outside to lead the Legends with 15 second quarter points and 5 rebounds.
Isaiah Cousins came out firing in the third, hitting all eight shots taken for 18 points and leading the Bighorns to a 44-point quarter on 85% shooting. Texas spread the offense with eight of 10 players scoring but Reno forged ahead to a 19-point advantage. With under 10 minutes to play, the Legends faced a 25-point difference. Looking to leading scorer Pierre Jackson, Texas powered out a 24-8 run and cut the difference to single digits. Jackson grabbed 15 while Avila and Kyle Collinsworth added 8 each, but the nine-point wedge would be the Legends’ closest as Reno pounded out an answer for each further attempt.
Jackson led the Legends in scoring with 28 points, 7 assists while Avila finished with 25 points and a team-high 12 boards to go along with 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks off the bench. Keith Hornsby (14) and Kyle Collinsworth (12) rounded off the double-digit scoring.
Isaiah Cousins led the Bighorns with 32 points, 13 rebounds while Kendall Marshall dished out a second double-double of 18 points, 13 assists. Will David added 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks off the bench.
The Legends head to Los Angeles next to take on the D-Fenders Wednesday at 9:30pm CT. Fans can catch all the action live at www.TexLegends.com.