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 1. Maine RC 28-18 
 2. Delaware 87ers 25-21 
 3. Westchester K. 18-28 
 4. Greensboro S. 17-31 
 5. Long Island N. 16-32 
 6. Erie Bay H. 13-33 
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 1. Raptors 905 36-11 
 2. Canton C. 29-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 28-19 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 22-23 
 5. Windy City B. 21-25 
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 1. Los Angeles D. 32-14 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 28-19 
 3. N.Arizona S. 21-25 
 4. Reno B. 18-28 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 14-32 
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 1. Oklahoma City B 32-15 
 2. Rio Grande VV 29-18 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 26-20 
 4. Texas L. 25-22 
 5. Austin S. 22-24 
 6. Iowa E. 11-35 
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Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Jackson, Texas L.23.7 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.23.2 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.1 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 8. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 10. White, Sioux F.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.6 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Millsap, N.Arizon.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.6 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.7 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.3 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.3 
 9. Davis, Iowa E.2.3 
 10. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
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Day 115 (Regular Season)

Delaw.87ers 60% Mar.25 Windy City B
Erie Bay H. Mar.25 Raptors 905 85%
Greensboro S 68% Mar.25 Westchester
Grand Rapids Mar.25 Ft.Wayne MA 61%
Iowa E. Mar.25 N.Ariz.S. 53%
Rio Grande 72% Mar.25 Salt Lake C
Texas L. 56% Mar.25 Austin S.
Los Angeles 60% Mar.25 Santa Cruz W
Interview with Former Maine Red Claw and new BK Prostejov Guard Jamar Smith - Aug 5, 2011


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Jamar Smith
The newest member of BK Prostejov takes some time to introduce himself, talk about his experiences and what he looks forward to accomplishing this season.
Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), 6-3, 195lbs is coming off his first professional season spent in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The former University of Illinois and Southern Indiana star had a stellar rookie season, being named to the D-League All-Rookie Second team after starting 45 of 48 contests and averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 46.7% from the field, 43.2% from three and 88.9% from the free-throw line. Jamar picked himself back up after a tumultuous end to his time at Illinois by re-grouping at Southern Indiana and putting together two incredibly impressive seasons at the NCAA2 school before going undrafted at the 2010 NBA Draft. However, his refined shooting, especially from behind the arc, was too good to go unnoticed and he earned a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics prior to heading to Maine and the D-League. For reference, an abbreviated 21 game sophomore season at Illinois is the only time in his brief career where he failed to shoot at least 40% from three (31.7%). His chances cut short at joining the NBA this season due to the lockout, Smith is continuing his maturation as a player and person as he begins his European career in the Czech Republic. Now, as one of the key members of a re-tooled Prostejov squad, Smith will be counted upon by new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva to carry a big scoring load as he teams with returning center Yemi Nicholson, captain Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) and several other newcomers to try and return the team to its established levels of prominence over the past two seasons.

Q) First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview.
What was your first thought when you found out that you would be heading to the Czech Republic to play this season?

A) I was excited for the opportunity to play in another country and adapt and learn a new culture.

Q) Do you know anyone who has experience playing or living in Czech? What advice have you gotten so far on what to expect?

A) I don't know anyone personally who has played in Czech. Just to be open minded to the culture and enjoy the experience.

Q) Your new team has a completely different look from the last two seasons, when they were second-place finishers each of the last two seasons. Essentially you will be coming in and expected to put your stamp on the team right off the bat. Is this something you are accustomed and look forward to?

A) Definitely because my whole career I have been a scorer and then this past season I had to become more of the distributor, so I'm excited to get started.

Q) Asked to be primarily a shooting guard and scorer during your time in college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to your game to adapt to running the point at the pro level?

A) As a point guard you look to distribute first so it was just understanding when to look for my shot and the adjustment of running the offense.

Q) Obviously, you picked up the nuances of the position quickly, averaging 5.0 assists per game as a rookie starter for Maine last season.
Under Austin Ainge (son of Boston Celtics Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge) what did you learn about yourself and your game while in the D-League?

A) That I could make any adjustment when it comes to the game and I feel now I can play either guard position just as effectively.

Q) Back to the connection to Boston, what was it like to be in training camp with all of those Future Hall of Famers?

A) It was a positive learning experience getting advise from guys like Rajon Rondo and his knowledge of the PG position.

Q) When we look back at your collegiate career, as a native of Illinois, what did it mean to you to play for Bruce Weber and the Illini?
How did it affect you when you lost that opportunity to play for Illinois?

A) It was a disappointment; I'd always dreamed of playing there but when I lost the opportunity it bettered me as a person and I will always be very grateful to the University of
Illinois for the opportunity.

Q) What led you to choose to transfer to Southern Indiana? How did your two seasons there help you develop and grow?

A) It was a school that was relatively close to home and a new opportunity for me. From the start I had to earn everything at Southern Indiana, nothing was given to me.
I had to prove that I would not let anyone out work me and I wanted to be the leader of the team.

Q) Going into this season, what are your goals for yourself and the team?

A) Win the Czech Championship and perform very well in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge games.

Q) As the NBA is of course a goal for everyone, what are your thoughts on the lockout? Will the season start on time?

A) I'm not really sure because I haven't thought much about it. I try to really focus on what I can control and that is the upcoming season with BK Prostejov.

Q) Where will Jamar Smith be in five years?

A) I believe I will be in the NBA because of the hard work I put into my game and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity.

  




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Hansbrough
Mad Ants eliminate Drive from playoff contention - 18 hours ago
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]

Kay Felder
Canton charges past Red Claws, 110-99 - 1 day ago
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]

Jarnell
Stokes
Stokes comes back to Sioux Falls Skyforce - 2 days ago
Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played atDenver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9....   [read more]


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