FRISCO, TX, (Nov. 25, 2022) – The Texas Legends (5-4) fell behind early but were doomed by fourth quarter misfortunes to drop the first matchup to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (4-3) 106-133 Friday night in Frisco.
The Legends went up 5-0 within the first minute but that would be the home team’s largest lead of the night. The Vipers responded with a 15-2 run and finished the quarter on an 11-point streak to take a double-digit gap into the second. Jalen Lecque and Louis King opened the second with back-to-back threes to give the Vipers an early spark. Texas used a combined 18-point performance from Tyler Dorsey and Jaden Hardy to outscore the visitors 31-30 and finish the half down 59-71.
Texas heated up out of the locker room knocking down 60% and 57% outside and closing the gap to single digits (87-96) at the buzzer, but the tables turned in the fourth quarter. The Legends’ shooting fell flat as the Vipers heated up and ran away with the lead.
Hardy led Texas’ efforts with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. McKinley Wright IV finished with 19 points, 6 assists, and Dorsey added 17 points, 6 rebounds. Yudai Baba went 6-of-7 on the night for 16 points, and Josh Nzeakor rounded out the double-digits with 11 points, 9 rebounds off the bench.
TyTy Washington Jr. led all scorers for the Vipers with 31 points while Trevor Hudgins grabbed the game’s only double-double of 13 points, 10 assists.
Texas finishes a five-game homestand tomorrow with a rematch against the Vipers at 7:30pm. For tickets or game information call 214-469-0822 or visit www.TexLegends.com.