The Colorado 14ers are a victory away from winning the 2009 D-League Finals after winning at Utah in overtime, 136-131, Wednesday night.
After coaching his team to the league's best record, Bob MacKinnon has the Colorado 14ers one victory away from winning the 2009 D-League Finals.
Some serious points were scored in this one.
The top-seeded 14ers (37-16) finished overtime on an 8-2 run to win Game 1. Guard Dominique Coleman scored four of those eight points. His bucket put Colorado ahead for good, 132-131, with 55 seconds left. Coleman had 10 for the game.
The 14ers will now have the opportunity to win the best-of-3 series in Friday’s Game 2 at home. If necessary, Game 3 will be played Monday at Colorado.
Colorado lead by as many as 24 points in the first half, but the second-seeded Flash (34-19) came back and led 122-121 after a Robert Dupree dunk with a minute and 10 seconds left in the game. Dupree scored a game-high 37 points.
Colorado rookie Trey Gilder tied the game, but missed the second free throw that would have given the 14ers the lead with 22 seconds left. Utah guard Kevin Kruger failed to win the game at the buzzer as he missed a jump shot.
Denver Nuggets rookie Sonny Weems lead the 14ers with 28 points while Billy Thomas and Josh Davis added 27 and 25 points, respectively.
The 14ers began their playoff run by beating the Erie BayHawks in the opening round.