Fusion Blow Past Vikings Fusion Use Three Point Shooting

(Washington,DC)  Saturday night in front of a star studded crowd, which included Walt Frazier, Laura Govan, and Dutchess Lattimore, Coach Nikki Teasley. The Washington Fusion hit a flurry of threes and capitalized off turnovers to blow past the Chicago Vikings, 118-91, in a Global Mixed Gender Basketball League exhibition game in the Burr Gymnasium on the campus of Howard University.

The Fusion put five players in double figures led by Joe Posey, who scored a team high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Tiffany Bias added 17 points,dished seven assists, and grabbed five rebounds. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 16 points and seven rebounds. Hugh Jones finished with 15 points and 8 boards and Ezekial Maddox chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Neither team was able to get into any sort of rhythm to start the game. Posey got the Fusion going in the second quarter with his first three pointer of the game. The Fusion would knock down 16 three pointers total during the game.

Chicago’s David Gabriel countered by scoring six straight points and Zach Marbury knocked down two free throws to help the Vikings build their largest lead of the game, 30-25, with 7:49 left in the first half.

After the two free throws by Marbury, the Fusion ended the first half outscoring the Vikings, 27-11 to take a 52-41 halftime lead. Posey ended the half on a high note hitting a buzzer beating three.

In the third quarter, the team from the nations capitol blew the game open, scoring 20 points off five Vikings’ turnovers. The home team also knocked down seven three pointers in the quarter.

Turnovers plagued the Vikings as they committed 21 turnovers which led to 48 points for the Fusion. The Fusion controlled the boards outrebounding the Vikings, 58-45.

Chicago was led by by Marbury, who finished with a game high 24 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. Jamesha Blake added 14 points and Gabriel finished with 12 points and seven boards.

Noah Goodin (Urban Media Today Sports)


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