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Three Point Baskets Hurt NAZ Suns In Home Finale

30 March 2017  
Photo Courtesy: Matt Hinshaw/NAZ Suns
NAZ Suns Make It A Game Late But Fall to Spurs Three-Point Attack

PRESCOTT VALLEY- The Austin Spurs shot 50% from beyond the arch, including six in the final quarter of play, on Wednesday night as the Northern Arizona Suns were unable to build a second half comeback and dropped the final home game of the year 114-101 in front of over 2,000 fans at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

“Guys fought, and that’s what I ask of them,” Northern Arizona Suns head coach Ty Ellis said after the game. “At the end of the day, if they are a better team and they make shots and we miss shots, ok but we fought.” 

The NAZ Suns opened the game hot wit a 9-3 run but struggled to end the quarter as Austin ended on a 15-6 run. Austin continued their success into the second quarter, outscoring NAZ by eleven points to take a 14 point lead into halftime.

As the NAZ Suns have done throughout the latter part of the season, the team woke up in the third quarter and found their groove-shooting four three-pointers and decreasing the deficit to eight headed into the final quarter. 

The deficit would only be three points at the start of the fourth quarter but Austin smacked the NAZ Suns with three-pointers, making six of nine three-point chances, to increase the lead and hold on for the victory.

“Some tough shots, a lot of threes,” said NAZ Suns guard Josh Gray. “We couldn’t turn it around with our defense because they were swinging the ball, making extra passes.”

Gray lead the NAZ Suns with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists while Millsap notched 22 points and seven rebounds in the defeat. Meanwhile, Austin was lead by Jeff Ledbetter who scored 21 points and Orlando Johnson who added 20 points. 

While the result is not what the NAZ Suns wanted to conclude the home schedule of the inaugural season, the team enjoyed the environment and fan support throughout the season.

“We would have liked to end this one on a good note for our fans, they have been great all year,” Millsap said. “There was more fans every single game of the season, so it was good to see a lot of people out here supporting the last game.”

The Northern Arizona Suns end the season on the road Saturday with a matchup against the Reno Bighorns. Tip-off is 7pm. 

All Photos by Matt Hinshaw @ Hinshaw Photography unless noted otherwise.



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Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham "TD" is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our PrescottValleyeNews.com Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.


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