Austin Spurs control game against the Bulls to halt two-game skid


The Austin Spurs halted a two-game skid as they defeated the Windy City Bulls 112-108 in Chicago on Friday night.

Orlando Johnson led the Spurs, scoring 29 points to go along with five rebounds.

The Spurs (20-23) held a five-point edge heading into the final quarter and let the Bulls pull to within one point but never relinquished the lead.

A layup by Alfonzo McKinnie made it 103-102, but a shot by Ryan Arcidiacono and two free throws by Patricio Garino gave Austin a five-point lead with 2:29 remaining.

Arcidiacono finished the game an assist short of a double-double as he scored 15 points. Charles Garcia also added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Livio Jean-Charles scored 18 points on 8 of 13 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds to go along with four blocks.

Hollis Thompson scored 13 and Garino added 10 to round out the six double-digit scorers for Austin.

McKinnie and Wesley Saunders each scored 18 points for the Bulls (19-24). McKinnie notched a double-double as he collected 10 rebounds as well.

David Laury III also recorded a double-double for Windy City as he scored 14 points and grabbed 16 boards.

The Spurs outshot the Bulls 58 percent to 46 percent as they held the lead for most of the game.

There were five lead changes in the first quarter, but the Spurs never gave it up again after taking a 20-19 advantage in the the first quarter.

Austin next travels to Fort Wayne to take on the Mad Ants at 4 p.m. on Sunday.



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