HIDALGO – It took a shootout, but the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees got back on track with a 3-2 victory over the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday at State Farm Arena.
The Bees took a 1-0 lead 11:12 into the first period during a 5 on 3 power play. Aleksi Luhtalampi (Rauma, Finland) scored the goal from the near post after receiving a backdoor pass from Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.), who was positioned on the far post. Sean Mostrom (Wayzata, Minn.) also assisted, having fed the puck to Greiner after trading the puck back-and-forth at the blue line with his defensive partner.
A little more than three minutes and 30 seconds later, the Killer Bees took a 2-0 lead on Kevin Clare’s (Bolingbrook, Ill.) goal. After a faceoff win in the Lone Star zone, Clare fired his first NAHL goal from the far point with traffic in front of the goalie. Forward Jared Dedenbach (Warren, Mich.), who recently was acquired by the Killer Bees, assisted.
Debenbach, 5 feet, 10 inches and 170 pounds, played in 18 games with the Bismarck Bobcats before joining the Bees this weekend. Debenbach scored two goals and added three assists (5 points) in 18 games with the Bobcats this season. Born in 1994, Debenbach will celebrate his 19th birthday this week.
Clare has played nine games with the Bees after opening the season with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. He is plus-3 on the season, and his first NAHL goal was an important one Saturday.
“He’s a great kid and a great teammate,” Rio Grande Valley coach Joe Coombs said of Clare. “We’d love to give him more ice time, and I think he earned some tonight. I thought he played well.”
After a scoreless second period, the Brahmas scored a pair of goals less than five minutes apart in the third period to force extra time. Matt Lison scored the first goal for Lone Star 5:51 into the third on a deflection that occurred during a man-advantage. Less than five minutes later, Alexey Solovyev knotted the score at 2 on a shot from the high slot.
The game went to a shootout after the teams exchanged scoring chances during the five-minute overtime session.
Luhtalampi gave the Bees a 1-0 lead in the shootout, using a backhand-to-forehand move. R.J. Salvato, Lone Star’s next shooter, forced another tie.
Anthony Croston (Phoenix, Ariz.) put the Bees back up, this time for good, when he beat netminder T.J. Black to his stick side with a wrist shot. Nick Schmit (Fargo, N.D.) did the rest, denying Todd Koritzinsky, who was Lone Star’s last shooter.
In all, Schmit made 10 saves on 12 shots to improve to 4-4 on the season. Black made 17 saves on 19 shots. Both teams went 1 for 3 on power play chances.
The Killer Bees (14-8-5) will play the Wichita Falls Wildcats at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at State Farm Arena.
-- Killer Bees Services
UTPA men lose to Bradley
PEORIA, Ill. – The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s basketball team lost 74-54 to the Bradley Braves on Saturday at Carver Arena.
Junior Shaquille Boga led the Broncs (4-5) with 17 points and five assists. Graduate student Javorn Farrell scored 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Senior Josh Cleveland grabbed a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
Walter Lemon Jr. led three Braves (5-2) in double figures in scoring with 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting with six assists. Omari Grier scored 17 points, and Ka’Darryl Bell scored 10 points. Chris Blake led the Braves with 11 rebounds.
The Braves jumped out to a 14-0 lead during the first four and a half minutes, going 5 for 10 from the field while limiting the Broncs to six attempts.
The Broncs got on the board for the first time at the 15:12 mark on a Lauri Toivonen free throw, the first of five straight points for the Broncs. After a pair of baskets by Grier and Lemon pushed the Braves’ lead back out to 13, Cleveland's jumper with 11:56 remaining sparked a 9-0 run to bring the Broncs within 18-14 on Boga's layup five minutes later.
The Braves bumped their lead to 15 when Auston Barnes' jumper punctuated a 16-5 run during the closing minutes of the first half, but the Broncs again pulled within eight when Farrell's three-point play capped an 8-0 run to make it 48-40 midway through the second half. The Braves, however, scored the next 10 points to push their lead into double figures for the rest of the game.
The Broncs conclude this seven-game road trip at 7 p.m. Monday when they visit Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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Bush notches double-double to lead Broncs
SAN ANTONIO – Junior Brittany Bush recorded a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women’s basketball team past the Northern Iowa Panthers 70-47 on Saturday to close out the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic at the UTSA Convocation Center.
The Broncs (4-2) had three other players in double figures as KaeLynn Boyd scored a season-high 17 points and added five assists with five rebounds. Shawnte’ Goff added 14 points with five rebounds and two steals, and Tonisha Walker scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Stephanie Davison led the Panthers (2-5) with 15 points and six rebounds. Hannah Schonhardt added 10 points with five rebounds.
The Broncs jumped out to an early 17-2 lead after Walker hit a layup with 12:48 left in the first half. The Panthers then answered with a 15-3 run to cut UTPA’s lead 20-14. Goff knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:53 left in the half to push the Broncs’ lead to 32-24 taking a 38-27 lead into halftime.
The Panthers cut the Broncs’ lead to seven points to start the second half before a pair of free throws from Bush made it 40-31 UTPA. Boyd made a layup with 11:30 left in the game to push the lead to 47-36. Another 3-pointer by Boyd pushed the lead to 57-42.
The Broncs are back in action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when they face Houston Baptist.
-- UTPA Services
Vipers bring back Ohlbrecht
McALLEN – The NBA Development League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Saturday they have acquired center Tim Ohlbrecht. The Vipers have also waived guard Mike Black.
Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255, Germany) appeared in 32 games with the Vipers last season and averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He was named an NBA Development League all-star after registering 12 points (6 of 9 FG) and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Prospects in a 139-125 win over the Futures squad. He finished the regular season third in the NBADL in field-goal percentage (.605, 164 of 271 FG) and stood 14th in the league in blocks per game (1.63).
On Feb. 25, 2013, he received a callup from the Houston Rockets. Ohlbrecht was on assignment to the Vipers during the 2013 NBADL playoffs, and he helped the Vipers capture the 2013 championship, their second in four years. He was traded by Houston to Philadelphia during the offseason, but was released by the Sixers in July.
A member of the German national team, Ohlbrecht has also competed internationally in the Germany-BBL with Bayer Leverkusen (2005-06), Brose Baskets Bamberg (2006-09), Telekom Baskets Bonn (2009-11) and Skyliners Frankfurt (2011-12).
The Vipers next play host the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at State Farm Arena.
-- Vipers Services