The Mexican CIBACOPA season will go down a final and decisive finals series contest after Nogales defeated Tijuana 104-99 after a tense overtime period. The victory ensured the home team tied the series 3-3, sending the title to a deciding seventh game that will be played in Nogales. With home court advantage and the momentum, Nogales will be hoping to win its first Mexican CIBACOPA title since 2005.
The hosts started the contest with a huge scoring effort in the first quarter and managed to pick up a big lead after streaming in 37 points, making it 37-25 after ten minutes. Zonkeys Tijuana regrouped in the second phase and managed to edge the period 20-23, although Nogales still led big through halftime, with the scoreboard reading 57-48. Zonkeys continued to edge back into contention during the third act, picking up a 20-26 win through the ten minutes to make it 77-74 through thirty minutes. The visitors maintained the momentum in the fourth stanza and were on the verge of winning the championship before Nogales hit back to tie the game 91 apiece. In the added frame the home team regrouped and put to bed the Zonkeys charge to win the game.
Kenny Jones was on fire with 33 points and 9 rebounds, while Jumaine Jones picked up a double-double of 23 points and 13 boards in the win. Jeremy Green added 22 points and 8 rebounds, followed by Luis Pulido with 11 points and 6 assists.
Trayvon Lathan topped the scoring for the losing effort with 23 points, while Marcus Morrison added 19 points and Arim Solares netted 17 points. James Penny doubled up for Zonkeys with 14 points and 10 rebounds.