Reigning NBA D-League MVP Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, college: Michigan) has had his brief stint in Puerto Rico come to an end. According to El Nuevo Dia (www.elnuevodia.com) , Sims has been released by the Capitanes de Arecibo. Arecibo won last night 79-74 against Leones de Ponce, playing without Sims. Even though they sit in second place at 5-1 in the standings, Arecibo has not been happy with their offensive performance during the beginning of the season and Sims has paid that price. Arecibo is in a unique situation, jointly competing in the USAs Premier Basketball League (PBL) as well as their domestic League in Puerto Rico. Sims, a former member of the Iowa Energy who averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 14 games this season, joined Arecibo in the beginning of March. In three games in the PBL, Sims was dominant, scoring 67 points (22.3ppg) to go along with 44 rebounds (14.7rpg) and six blocks (2.0bpg) in that short stretch. However in play on the Island, the former Michigan big man offered much less impressive production. Over five games he averaged 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in just less than 20 minutes. Sims was the fifth leading scorer in the D-League during the 2008-09 season at 22.8 points per game and was third in rebounding (11.0rpg) on his way to being named the leagues MVP. However, for all of Sims success in the D-League, he has not been able to turn it into successful stints in the NBA or overseas. This season alone, he was released after just one game with Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow and during his NBA call-ups (four) he has only appeared in a total of five games for 24 minutes, totaling six career NBA points and rebounds.
Westchester Knicks hang around, but can't overtake Greensboro in loss - 5 hours ago
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For all of Saturday's game, Greensboro was unable to put the Westchester Knicks away. After falling behind early, the W-Knicks were able to keep themselves within striking distance for the entire game. Unfortunately for them, they came up just short in completing a comeback in what turned out to be a 122-119 loss to the Swarm at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse in their final road game of the 2016-17 season. Greensboro held a 38-27 lead at the end of the first quarter, and extended its... [read more]
For all of Saturday's game, Greensboro was unable to put the Westchester Knicks away. After falling behind early, the W-Knicks were able to keep themselves within striking distance for the entire game. Unfortunately for them, they came up just short in completing a comeback in what turned out to be a 122-119 loss to the Swarm at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse in their final road game of the 2016-17 season. Greensboro held a 38-27 lead at the end of the first quarter, and extended its lead to 13 points in the second quarter's opening possession. The W-Knicks, however, rang off nine unanswered points to close the gap to 40-36. Greesnboro was able to build its lead back up to 13 points in the third quarter, but was unable to break the game wide open. Down 10 points with 4:24 left in the game, Westchester went on a 10-0 run to tie the game 119-119, with a Keith Wright (6'8''-F-89, college: Harvard, agency: Aspire Sports) hitting the tying shot on a cutting lay-up with 1:38 left. Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94, college: Maryland) responded with a lay-up on the following possession to put the Swarm back up. On the ensuing possession, the W-Knicks saw three-point attempts from Kevin Capers, Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky) and Capers all miss consecutively. Jaylen Bond (6'8''-F-93, college: Temple) was able to corral the rebounds on the first two misses, but Greensboro's Shonn Miller grabbed the rebound off the third miss. After Cat Barber hit a pair of free throws to put Greensboro up three, Lamb missed the game's final three-point attempt. Lamb led Westchester with 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting, to go with five rebounds, while Travis Trice II had 25 points. Big man Nikola Jovanovic (6'11''-C/F-94, college: USC), who the W-Knicks acquired from the Grand Rapids Drive on March 2nd, had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sulaimon had 29 points to lead the Swarm, while Barber added 28 points. Cheick Diallo (6'9''-C/F-96, college: Kansas), a two-time New York State Gatorade Player of the Year on assignment from NBA parent club New Orleans, had 26 points, right rebounds and blocked four shots. Westchester (18-29) will wrap up the season with a three-game homestand. The team will next play the Canton Charge on Tuesday in the Westchester County Center in White Plains at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: lohud.com
Mad Ants eliminate Drive from playoff contention - 1 day ago
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The Grand Rapids Drive (22-24) came back from 20 points down to tie the score at 99 after trailing the entire game, but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (28-19) took back control from there and eliminated the Drive from the playoff picture, prevailing 126-119. The Drive went on an 18-6 run to open the fourth quarter after trailing by eight at the end of the first quarter and 13 at halftime. Henry Ellenson converted a three-point play to force the game's first tie, but Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85,... [read more]
The Grand Rapids Drive (22-24) came back from 20 points down to tie the score at 99 after trailing the entire game, but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (28-19) took back control from there and eliminated the Drive from the playoff picture, prevailing 126-119. The Drive went on an 18-6 run to open the fourth quarter after trailing by eight at the end of the first quarter and 13 at halftime. Henry Ellenson converted a three-point play to force the game's first tie, but Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) responded with a three-point play of his own immediately after and the Drive were not able to tie the game back again. The NBA veteran Hansbrough had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Fort Wayne, Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) had 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds and Trey McKinney-Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Loyd (6'4''-G-93, college: Indianapolis, agency: Three Eye Sports) also had 21 points, as he and Hansbrough combined to go 23-of-24 from the foul line. As a team, the Mad Ants hit 34 of 39 free throws. On the Drive's side, Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with a game-high 32 points. Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G-90, college: N.Carolina St.) had 28 points and five rebounds and Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) had 23 points and seven assists. Pistons assignee Ellenson had 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. A physical defense for the Drive meant the whistle was their enemy all night. They committed 33 fouls to 17 for the Mad Ants, and even after Brown dunked to cut the Fort Wayne lead to two in the fourth quarter the Drive bench was whistled for a costly technical. The Drive were very efficient from the field, especially in the second half, finishing shooting 52 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range. But it was not enough to make up for the Mad Ants' prolific volume and efficiency at the charity stripe, especially since they supplemented it with 48 percent shooting from the field and 12 offensive rebounds to six for the Drive. Grand Rapids pulled within a half-game of Fort Wayne in the standings on Feb. 22 when they beat Long Island to improve their record to 20-17, but the teams have gone in opposite directions since, and this loss put an end to the Drive's playoff hopes. They will remain without a playoff appearance in three seasons as a franchise. These teams meet for a rematch in Grand Rapids tomorrow night, March 25 at the DeltaPlex. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Canton charges past Red Claws, 110-99 - 2 days ago
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If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a... [read more]
If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a dunk that didn't quite beat the final buzzer but certainly will be remembered should the teams meet again in April. Felder finished with 26 points on 12-of-33 shooting that included flushes of two alley-oop passes. He also had nine assists. 'We talked about him a fair bit this week,' Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison said. 'I didn't think his scoring was the end of us (Thursday). I thought our transition defense was the reason we lost the game, but Felder also hurt us passing the ball. We've got to be able to contest his shots without taking three guys to do it.' The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Claws (28-18), whose magic number remains two for clinching a third straight Atlantic Division title. They have four games left, including a regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon against Reno. Canton (29-18) stands in second place in the Central Division. 'We're not clinched in the playoffs,' Canton Coach Nate Reinking said. 'So for us, we're trying to get the mentality like every game is a playoff game. Tonight we came out, we played extremely well but we knew Maine, they've got firepower, too.' Canton jumped to leads of 10-2 and 27-13 before the Claws cut it to eight after one quarter. They came as close as four (44-40) midway through the second on a 3-pointer by Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) before Canton went on a 12-0 run and entered halftime with a 63-44 lead. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (14 points, 16 rebounds) took a Felder pass and dunked early in the third for a 79-51 advantage, Canton's largest of the night. With help from two Celtics assigned to Maine, Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) and Demetrius Jackson, the Claws cut the margin to single digits in the fourth and with two minutes left had two open looks from deep to make it a five-point game, but attempts from both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Jackson rimmed out. 'It was important for us to show that fight,' said Mickey, who led Maine in points (20) and rebounds (11). 'We battled back. We didn't quit.' John Holland led Canton with 28 points on 16 fewer shots (11 of 17) than Felder. Williams had 18 for Maine, Jackson 16 and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) 14. After Jackson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, both teams relaxed, assuming Canton would dribble out the clock. Instead, Felder brought the ball up court and dunked, with Mickey coming over to contest it. 'No NBA team I know of would do that,' Mickey said. 'I know the Celtics wouldn't do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would so something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that.' He paused. 'I'll keep that in the back of my mind,' he said, 'if we happen to play these guys again.' Courtesy of: pressherald.com
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