FT. WAYNE, Ind. – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (9-8) fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (8-7) on the road Monday night, 110-126.
Bruno Caboclo earned a double-double racking up 21 points and 11 rebounds in addition to five blocks and a lone steal. This is the sixth time this season Caboclo has tallied over 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vipers started off with a fast-paced 28-19 lead in the first quarter, but the Mad Ants jumped on board as the second quarter came around. The Mad Ants’ Alize Johnson earned a double-double in the first half of the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Sampson countered for the Vipers by racking up 17 points by half time.
Both Sampson and Caboclo finished with 21 points on the night, for the Vipers. Rockets assignee, Isaiah Hartenstein, fell short for a double-double as he tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. He added three blocks and two steals.
For the Mad Ants, Johnson kept hot as he finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Stephan Hicks led Fort Wayne with 26 points. Tra-Deon Hollins just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 assists.
The Vipers will start their showcase at noon on Thursday, Dec. 20 in Las Vegas, as they take on Long Island. RGV will return home on Dec. 27 to host the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the RGV Vipers at 956-56-ARENA or visit www.rgvipers.com.