|RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS||26||24||30||27||107||Cauley-Stein/Hudgins 18||Darius Days 8||Jalen Lecque 7|
|G LEAGUE IGNITE||28||29||32||26||114||John Jenkins 20||Eric Mika 18||Eric Mika 12|
EDINBURG, Texas., Jan. 21, 2023 – NBA G League Ignite (6-7) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (4-8), 114-107, on Saturday to split the two-game series at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas.
Eric Mika had a career night for Ignite, as he posted the first triple-double in Ignite history with 16 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists. His 18 rebounds were a season-high, which also tied an individual record for the most rebounds in a single game in Ignite history. John Jenkins continued his streak of 20 or more points to five consecutive games after finishing with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds. Cameron Young added 19 points and four rebounds, while London Johnson poured in a season-high 18 points with five assists.
The Vipers were led by Willie Cauley-Stein and Trevor Hudgins, who scored 18 points apiece, while Cauley-Stein added seven rebounds. Cassius Stanley and Josh Reaves each contributed 15 points, while Stanley added four rebounds and four assists.
After a back-and-forth battle throughout the first half, Ignite took a seven-point advantage at the halfway mark. Cameron Young and John Jenkins led the way after pouring in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Trevor Hudgins, of the Vipers, kept the Vipers in the game by pouring 13 of his 18 points in the second quarter on 4-of-8 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from the three-point line in the frame.
Ignite extended its lead by 15 points in the third quarter with under six minutes remaining in the frame. The Vipers rallied to cut its deficit to eight by scoring seven consecutive points but Ignite ended the quarter with an 89-80 lead heading into the final frame. Down 11 points, the Vipers used another 7-0 run to climb back into the game. Both teams traded buckets for most of the quarter, as the Vipers found themselves down by three points with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. London Johnson drained four consecutive free throws en route to a 10-point fourth-quarter performance to help lead Ignite to the victory and end its four-game losing streak.
Ignite will return home to take on the Salt Lake City Stars on Thursday at The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nev., tipping off at 7:00 p.m./10:00 p.m. ET. Coverage will be available on ESPN+.