Toros Lose Season-Opener, Host First Home Game Tonight!

The Toros got their second season off to a rough start with a 101-77 loss to the Thunderbirds in Albuquerque that coach Dennis Johnson described as "way beyond a bad game" and "embarrassing." The Toros were felled by horrible free-throw shooting, turnover after turnover, and overall poor play. Even with their sloppiness, they managed to hang on through the third but couldn't keep up with the NBDL defending champions and were thoroughly blown out in the fourth.

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to technical issues at the press table and in the fourth there was another delay due to a fluorescent light bulb falling from the ceiling and shattering in front of the Albuquerque press table. No one was hurt, luckily. The game finally came to its conclusion at 11:20pm central standard time with the Toros taking a 7am flight to Dallas and then catching a bus to Austin. They definitely need a raucous home crowd tonight to fight off the fatigue and the bad taste in their mouth from last night's cringeworthy defeat.

The Toros face the Fort Worth Flyers tonight at 7pm at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. The game will also be broadcast on 1300 AM, the Zone. Included in the price of admission tonight is a little high school b-ball action with the Round Rock Dragons taking on Bowie High School previous to the Toros game. JV gets started at 3:30pm and varsity follows at 5. Three games for the price of one. Not bad.

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