HIDALGO – Andrew Goudelock scored on a last-second shot to lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers past the Texas Legends 120-118 on Monday night at State Farm Arena.
Goudelock led the Vipers with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Vernon Macklin added 20 points. Terrel Harris tallied 18 points. Chris Johnson scored 14 points, and newcomer Maalik Wayns recorded 13 points.
Sean Singletary led the Legends with 38 points, followed by Darius Rice with 31. Solomon Bozeman recorded 19 points, and Fred House chipped in 13.
Texas took control of the first quarter and led the Vipers 27-8 at the 4:21 mark. Goudelock responded for the Vipers to help the team close the gap to a 34-24 deficit by the end of the first quarter.
The Vipers fought back throughout the second quarter, outscoring the Legends 30-22. Goudelock recorded 23 of his 28 points during the first half to send the Vipers into the break down 56-53.
RGV built their largest lead of 13 points, 108-95, halfway through the fourth quarter. Texas came back on an 11-point run to hold a 118-110 advantage with 2:49 left in the game.
The Vipers did not back down, though. Chris Johnson connected on two baskets and a shot from the line, followed by a shot from Macklin to tie the game at 118. With 1.8 seconds on the clock, Goudelock scored to give the Vipers the 120-118 lead.
The Vipers will face the Texas Legends again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at State Farm Arena.
Cabrera named GWC player of week
EDINBURG – The Great West Conference announced Monday that University of Texas-Pan American men’s basketball senior forward Ruben Cabrera is the Great West Conference player of the week after leading the Broncs past two-time defending GWC champion Utah Valley 62-60 on Saturday at the UTPA Field House.
Cabrera led all scorers with a season-high 19 points on 5 of 12 shooting, including 1 of 2 from behind the arc to go with a season-high eight free throws in a career-high 13 attempts. He grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
Cabrera converted a three-point play with 2:10 remaining to give the Broncs the lead for good at 59-57.
Cabrera is the third Broncs player to earn GWC player of the week recognition this season, joining senior guards Jesus Delgado (Dec. 17) and Brandon Provost (Dec. 26).
-- UTPA Services