HIDALGO — The Rio Grande Valley Flash extended their win streak to four games, defeating Real Phoenix 21-3 on Friday night at State Farm Arena.
Robson de Souza, Alejandro Morales and Damian Garcia notched hat tricks, but Juan Jalomo scored four goals to pace the Flash offense.
Newly signed Mexican defensemen Hector Nicanor scored a goal and had an assist in his debut with the Flash.
The Flash scored 10 goals during the first half to put distance between them and Real Phoenix, which had 14 shots, nine on goal.
Real Phoenix scored three second-half goals and went 1 for 2 on the man-advantage.
The Flash will head to California for a two-game road trip. The first game is starts at 9 p.m. local time against the Anaheim Bolts on Feb. 9 at Anaheim Arena.
The next home match for the Flash is Friday, Feb. 15, when they play the Chicago Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena.
Rockets reassign Jones to Vipers
NEW YORK — The Houston Rockets reassigned Terrence Jones to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s NBA Development League affiliate, on Friday.
The assignment is the record 122nd of the 2012-13 NBA and NBADL seasons, and Jones is one of a record 52 players who have been assigned to the NBADL this season.
Jones (6-foot-9, 252, Kentucky) rejoins the Vipers following four previous assignments in which he played in 12 games, all starts, and averaged 19.1 points and 9.8 rebounds. He has appeared in 11 games for Houston this season, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Jones was expected to join the Vipers Friday and be available when the team travels to play the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.
-- Vipers Services
UTPA men’s tennis wins home opener
EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s tennis team beat the Laredo Community College Palominos, the No. 7 team among junior colleges, 4-3 on Friday in UTPA’s home opener at the newly renovated Orville Cox Tennis Center.
The Broncs (1-2) and Palominos (0-1) fought for the doubles point. Thomas-Orestis Panoulas and Victor Alves breezed by Julio Cepeda and Eman Esfandi 8-3 at No. 3, but shortly afterward, Caio Gomes and Luis Hernandez beat Felix Hasselberg and Chetan Panditi 8-4.
Meanwhile, a classic was developing at No. 1. Sebastien Job and Alejandro Sanoja led 7-6 and had a chance to clinch the doubles point, but Hector Ramirez and Hamid Derbani battled to force a tiebreaker. The Broncs took a 2-1 lead, but the Palominos scored the next three points to go ahead 4-2. The Broncs scored the final three points to take the match 8-7 (7-4) and the doubles point to go up 1-0.
The Broncs extended their lead to 3-0 with quick wins at No. 5 and No. 6 as Alves beat Esfandi 6-4, 6-0 and Bishop defeated Alex Infante 6-3, 6-1.
The Palominos came back to tie it when Gomes beat Panditi at No. 2, 6-2, 6-4, Ramirez defeated Sanoja 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Hernandez got past Job 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 3.
At No. 1, Panoulas put up a bagel in the first set, 6-0, but dropped the second set to Derbani 4-6. Panoulas came back to win the third set 6-1 and clinch the match.
This Broncs continue this three-match homestand at noon Sunday when they play host to the University of Texas-San Antonio.
-- UTPA Services