GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Phoenix (21-11) moved on to the second round of the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship by virtue of a 81-67 victory over the Youngstown State Penguins (8-22) Tuesday night at the Resch Center. Green Bay is now one win shy of equaling its win total from a year ago.
Green Bay used a 10-0 run in 2 ½ minutes midway through the second half to turn a close game into a double-digit win. The Phoenix, which led 48-46 with 10 minutes remaining, received consecutive 3-pointers by Troy Cotton (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Bryquis Perine (Milwaukee, Wis.) to start the rally. After the dust settled, Green Bay had scored 16 of 18 points to take a commanding 64-48 lead.
On the night, the Phoenix shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) courtesy of a season-high-tying 19 assists, while the Penguins made just 26 of 60 shots (43 percent).
Green Bay had five players in double figures, led by Perine's 21, 15 of which came in the second half. He also had seven assists and just one turnover.
Randy Berry (Plover, Wis.) notched his 10th double-double of the campaign with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He also dished out a career-best five assists.
The contest had little flow in the early going, as numerous clock stoppages ultimately extended the total game time to nearly two full hours. The Phoenix, which trailed just once all game (16-15), took a 36-28 advantage into the locker room.
The Phoenix will play seventh-seeded Detroit on Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Game time is set for 6 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (CT). The winner of that contest will face second-seeded Wright State Saturday in the first semifinal.