RGV riding three-game win streak on All-Star break
By Bryan Ramos
itting at just 5-9 in the new year, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers needed something to break their way.
That break came in the form of three straight home games which resulted in three straight wins, sending Head Coach Matt Brase’s Vipers into the All-Star break riding a bit of a hot-streak.
“Every win’s important, and for my sanity it’s good too,” Brase said. “We got a couple days off now and winning three in a row definitely helps and I’ll enjoy the break a little bit more knowing that we got it and we’ll refresh for the last 10 games of the season.”
The Vipers three wins came in a Feb. 9 119-101 beating of the Iowa Wolves, a 109-98 victory over rival Austin Spurs on Feb. 10 and a 132-121 win over the Oklahoma City Blue.
Forward R.J. Hunter made his return against the Spurs after sitting out Friday with tendinitis and scored 26 in victory over Oklahoma City. University of Washington product and point guard Tony Wroten led the Vipers with 12 assists and four steals, while contributing nine points against the Blue.
Hunter said he hasn’t been shooting well so the Vipers coming through with a successful three-game stretch at home is big for the team.
“It was huge because we haven’t really been playing well, especially at home,” Hunter said. “So for us to get three straight at home, it’s good for our confidence and good momentum going into the break. I felt alright, I haven’t been shooting like I’ve wanted to for the past month probably, but shooters shoot, and my mom always tells me that and that’s how she raised me to think so I’m just going to keep letting it go.”
RGV now sits at 23-17 on the year and two games behind the Austin Spurs for the lead in the Southwest Division with 10 games remaining in the season.
The Vipers are set to return from the All-Star break Friday Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. as they visit the Iowa Wolves. After a March 2 showdown with the Austin Spurs in Cedar Park, TX, the Vipers are scheduled to be back at home at State Farm Arena Tuesday March 6 to host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 p.m.