A strong third-quarter effort helped lift the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 109-98 win over the Austin Spurs Saturday night in Hidalgo.
The Vipers (21-17) held a decided edge in points in the paint and rebounds to help them take the win. They outrebounded the Spurs 56-34.
No Viper scored more than 16 points, but at least eight of them had eight points. Markel Brown led with 16 points while Chinanu Onuaku and Zhou Qi each recorded double-doubles. Onuaku had 15 points and 13 rebounds while Qi added 11 points and 11 boards.
Jeff Ledbetter led the Spurs (23-13) with 23 points while Jaron Blossomgame contributed 20. Blossomgame also tied for the team lead with 7 rebounds.
Nick Johnson had 14 points and led Austin with 8 assists.
The Spurs trailed by just three points after the first quarter and were down by one at halftime.
The Vipers took control of the game in the third period, outscoring the Spurs by 12 points.
Rio Grande Valley led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter and held on for the win. The result prevented the Spurs from winning three games in a row.
The Spurs are back in action on Sunday afternoon, as they host the Iowa Wolves at 3 p.m. at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.