TULSA, OK– The Tulsa 66ers completed a sweep of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds at the Tulsa Convention Center arena with a 100-84 victory this afternoon.
Larry Owens led all Tulsa players with 25 and 9 field goals and Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Byron Mullens led the Sixers in rebounds as the Tulsa NBA D-League team cruised to an easy victory. At one point they had a 16-0 lead over the T-Birds before the Albuquerque team found the basket, but they never surrendered a the lead which was never less than 10 points at any given time in the game.
Today’s game comes on the heels of Friday nights 106-86 win over the Thunderbirds which was a much closer affair. While the T-Birds looked slow and were the victims of poor execution this afternoon, Firday night’s game was more of a back-and-forth affair in which the T-Birds saw an early lead in the first quarter shut down by a 17-2 run that gave them the lead from the first quarter onward until the end of the game.
Led by Mullens, Williams and Shakur on Friday, the 66ers (24-21) improved to 14-7 at home and finished with five players in double-figure scoring. Owens and Moses Ehambe each scored 17 points. With Sunday’s victory the 66ers improve to 15-7 at home and 25-21 overall and had 6 players in double figures on the score sheet.
The 66ers sit in 4th place in the D-league Western Conference standings, 8.5 games behind Rio Grande Valley. The 66ers continue to improve with every game and are set prime to enter the NBA D-League playoffs to commence in April. They travel to Reno Nevada to take on the Reno Bighorns Monday night at 9pm Tulsa time, then swing through Austin to take on the Toros on Wednesday night at 7:30.
The Tulsa 66ers are going to pay homage to their fans next weekend as a pair of games on Friday and Saturday night are designated as fan appreciating nights, lots of giveaways and activities for the fans are planned while the 66ers face the Iowa Energy on both nights. For more information and tickets contact the 66ers office at 585-8444 or go online to tulsa66ers.com
Photo by: Kevin Pyle