Last time the Warriors went on a four game road trip they were beaten both mentally and physically. Sitting at the number one spot in league at the beginning of January, and coming off of a five game winning streak(four of them at home), they ran into the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Austin Toros and Canton Charge and they showed the Warriors that this is still basketball and that the best TEAM wins.
After capping off this two game road trip with a dominating 105-90 win over the Tulsa 66ers, in which six of the ten players on the roster scored in double-digits, theres is no doubt that they showed they are one of the best TEAMS in the league.
Stefhon Hannah had showed concern after the Warriors first loss in Santa Cruz against the Bakersfield Jam, because he believed that the Warriors were not competing like they could. He said they played to "relaxed" when they had a lead.
With a four point lead going into the fourth quarter against the 66ers on Saturday, they played anything but relaxed. They opened up the quarter with a 14-0 scoring run and did everything in their power to end the game early, I guess they heard Hannah's comments.
Hannah, who came off the bench for just the second time this season, finished with 16 points, which was on par with Darington Hobson, who started in place of him. Edwin Ubiles and Travis Leslie both had 15 points. Hilton Armstrong recorded the only double-double of the game with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
It was a complete team win as they Warriors shot a ridiculous 51.3 percent from the field.
They also did a better job at finishing in the paint, something that head coach Nate Bjorkgren said they struggled with in their home loss. They scored 54 of their points in the paint.
The defense also showed up and helped them make a key 12-0 scoring run at the end of the first half to get back in the game. They held the 66ers to just 40.5 percent shooting from the field.
Now at 17-9, the Warriors trail the Bakersfield Jam(19-9) by just one game in the West division. The Warriors will continue their seven game road trip with a game against the Reno Bighorns this Thursday night in Reno.