NAZ Suns Pick Up Fourth Straight Win

04 December 2016
Photo Courtesy: Matt Hinshaw/NAZ Suns
NAZ Suns Continue Dominance At Home

PRESCOTT VALLEY-The Northern Arizona Suns were back on the court Saturday night and continued their dominance at home beating the Reno Bighorns 130-106 at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

“We played really good basketball and we beat a really good team,” Northern Arizona Suns head coach Ty Ellis said after the victory. “This team has-I think-five current and former NBA players and so we beat a really good team.

The Northern Arizona Suns and Reno Bighorns kept the game close throughout the first half as neither team could take control.

That all changed after halftime as the Suns came out firing and outscored the Bighorns 45-28 in the third quarter, taking a commanding 93-71 lead into the final quarter of play.

“At halftime our coaches got our minds right,” said Derek Cooke Jr who picked up 12 points in the win. “Told us we got to stick to our principles, stick to what we do best, stick to our defensive principles and go out there and make it a better half in the second one than the first one.”

The Suns kept their foot on the gas offensively in the final quarter but the team allowed Reno to put up 35 points in the final quarter of play.

“I’m very thankful for the win but we gave up too many points-especially in the fourth quarter,” Ellis said. “In the fourth quarter we got relaxed and we’re playing for something bigger than just this game.”

Elijah Millsap and Derrick Jones Jr. lead the team in points with 21 points each as seven players picked up double-digit points in the victory. Additionally, Xavier Silas returned to the team after missing time and put up nine points in the victory.

“It’s a great team win,” Cooke Jr. said. “Our players just all played together. It was great fun out there tonight.”

The NAZ Suns are in the midst of a four game home-stand which provides a boost to the team because of their fan-base who show up each and every game at the Prescott Valley Event Center to loudly cheer on the Suns who are still unbeaten at home in their inaugural season.

“Them coming out here is just exciting,” Derrick Jones Jr. said. “Playing with these guys and having a crowd erupt every time we have a good play or we hit a three or dunk…that’s things that we love.”

The Suns (7-1) return to the court on Wednesday for a matchup with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (7-2). Tip-off is 6:30 pm at the Prescott Valley Event Center. 

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