FRISCO, TX — The Texas Legends (12-10) got revenge on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16-10) with a last-second 113-110 victory Saturday night in Frisco.
The Vipers took an early lead and maintained control through most of the first quarter before a 10-point run put the Legends back on top going into the second. The Vipers knocked down their first two shots of the second quarter to regain the lead and used a 12-point quarter from Jarvis Threatt to carry the advantage into the locker room.
Pierre Jackson came out of the locker room firing, hitting 5-for-5 to land 14 in the third, but Threatt answered with 10 of his own as the Vipers continued to control the game. The visitors took their largest lead of the night (+10) midway through the third before Jackson knocked down back-to-backs from outside and pulled Texas within two. PJ Hairston sealed the quarter with a long ball that would put RGV up by four heading to the final minutes. The Vipers led the scoreboard for most of the fourth quarter, but the game was all about Jackson, who went 6-of-7 and 4-for-4 outside to grab a season-high 18 fourth-quarter points. The game was sealed at the free throw line where Jackson and Harris each sunk two and the Legends would defend their home court at the buzzer.
Texas out-shot the Vipers 54 percent to 46 percent and finished at 50 percent outside to RGV’s 15 percent, but the visitors dominated the boards 48-31 and doubled the Legends’ second-chance points with 30.
Jackson led all scorers with 34 points and added five assists. Mavericks assignees Nicolas Brussino and AJ Hammons grabbed 12 boards apiece while Hammons finished with 21 points and two assists. CJ Williams knocked down 4-of-5 from outside finishing with 18 points, two rebounds, and a block, and Harris grabbed a team-high four steals along with 15 points and three assists.
Jarvis Threatt led the Vipers with 29 points, while Chris Johnson and Rockets assignee Chinanu Onuaku tallied 10 rebounds each. Johnson also added 18 points and four assists, while JP Tokoto covered the stat sheets with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, a game-high five steals, and a block.