66ers return home after two-straight road wins

altFor the first time in nearly two weeks, the Tulsa 66ers return home for a pair of games at the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers fared well on what was originally planned as a three-game road stretch, coming away with two-straight wins. They will tip-off their two-game home series with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants tonight at 7 p.m. The two squads will then battle again at the same time Friday night before Tulsa closes out the weekend home-stand against the Iowa Energy on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The 66ers opened their most recent road swing on December 10 with a 120-102 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Byron Mullens, who was assigned the same day by the Oklahoma City Thunder, teamed with Zabian Dowdell to lead all scorers with 19 points. Tulsa had six players score in double-digits as they shot 54-percent from the field and forced 30 turnovers while posting what was then their highest point total of the season.

A re-match that was scheduled for the following night was postponed due to blizzard conditions in the Sioux Falls area. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 16.

Tulsa traveled to Frisco, Texas on Tuesday night to take on the Texas Legends who handed them a 110-99 loss just ten days earlier. This time, the results would be different, as the 66ers smashed their season-high point total and defeated the Legends 130-116.

Dowdell led seven double-digit scorers with 22 points, as the 66ers shot an incredible 62-percent from the field and 56-percent from behind the three-point line. Elijah Millsap contributed 19 points and seven rebounds while connecting on seven-of-eight shots from the field. Larry Owens and Jerome Dyson each added 18 points as the 66ers handed the Legends their first ever home loss in the NBA D-League.

Mullens was absent from the game on Tuesday after being recalled by the Thunder on Monday. Mullens is the second player to be assigned and recalled by the Thunder this season. University of Kansas product Cole Aldrich spent just under two weeks with the 66ers earlier this season, posting 39 points and 36 rebounds in five games before being recalled by the Thunder on December 6. Mullens had 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes of playing time.

Tonight’s game, billed as Cub Scout night, will feature performances by the Jenks High School cheer and pom squad. Fans will also enjoy $2 beer during the night. Friday night the 66ers and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma are teaming up for a holiday food drive. Fans that donate non-perishable food items will be entered into a raffle for prizes that will be awarded throughout the night. Friday night also sees the return of the popular offer of a lower level ticket, hotdog and soda for $10.

Tickets for all 66ers home games are available online, or by calling 918-585-8444.