Bakersfield J. - Santa Cruz W. 102-95 The Bakersfield Jam improved to 3-1 on the season with a 102-95 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt) and Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) were assigned to Bakersfield on Saturday which gave them about a day to get acclimated with the team before Monday's game. Both players spent the first half feeling their way through it. Neither was overly impressive defensively but both did have their moments. Jenkins caught fire in the second half and finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-13 shooting. He is 1-2 from beyond-the-arc and hit all five of his free throw attempts. Jenkins also finished with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 29 minutes of playing time. Scott struggled to find a rhythm at either end of the floor but came up with a pair of key steals in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven points on 3-8 shooting. Scott pulled in two rebounds and had two steals to go along with three turnovers. Two of his three field goals came on dunks. Kendall Marshall (6'4''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) gave the Jam a trio of NBA players on assignment and helped close out the Warriors with 21 points and eight assists. Renaldo Major added 12 points and four blocked shots while Brian Butch finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Former University of Georgia standout Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) led Santa Cruz with 21 points and 14 boards. Bakersfield wins despite being out rebounded by a 54-38 margin. The Warriors out shot the Jam 44 percent to 41 percent but committed 30 turnovers in the game. The Jam are back in action Tuesday night when they take on the Los Angeles Defenders. Tip off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com
Reno B. - Santa Cruz W. 79-95 The Santa Cruz Warriors beat the Reno Bighorns 95-79 Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Bighorns in the first two games of their seven game road trip. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri), the 6'1" guard and reigning D-League Defensive Player of the Year, logged a game-high 25 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes played. Hannah was one of four Santa Cruz Warriors who scored in double figures. Travis Leslie was another standout, with 17 points and 9 rebounds in 31 minutes played. Mickell Gladness had a game-high 13 boards, while Jeremy Tyler, on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, led the team with a +/- rating of +23 (meaning the Santa Cruz Warriors outscored the Reno Bighorns by 23 points when he was on the floor). The Santa Cruz Warriors outrebounded the Reno Bighorns 57-46. Much like Friday night, the Santa Cruz Warriors were led by their stout defensive play. The Warriors blocked 11 shots and held the Bighorns to 29.4% shooting from the field. The Bighorns had three players in double figures - Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93, college: Washington), on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies, Marcus Landry and Darnell Jackson. After a tight first quarter, the Santa Cruz Warriors led for the remainder of the game. A 22-point lead in the third quarter was whittled down to as little as six with 10:02 left in the fourth, but the Santa Cruz Warriors ended the game on a 20-10 run, led by Stef Hannah with 12 points. The Santa Cruz Warriors will be back in action tomorrow against the Bakersfield Jam at 7:00 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Austin T. - Idaho S. 97-82 Aided by two members of the San Antonio Spurs, the Austin Toros jumped out to an early lead and never lost it Sunday as they rolled over the Idaho Stampede 97-82 for their second straight victory. Nando De Colo (6'5''-SG-87) was assigned to the Toros (2-2) by the Spurs on Sunday and played 38 minutes in the game. He finished with 14 points. Cory Joseph, also send to Austin by San Antonio, chipped in with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. 'Yesterday they told me to come down here just to play, take some shots and find some wisdom,' De Colo said. 'It's OK. We have two days off, so it's just to play a little bit.' De Colo said the Spurs told him he will rejoin the team at practice Monday. Idaho (0-4) trailed by 15 in the first half but cut the margin to 50-46 at halftime. Austin then came out and dominated the third quarter to keep a comfortable margin. 'I thought Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) played really well tonight,' coach Taylor Stevens said. 'His impact around the rim and in the paint was big. He's really coming along, and bigs that get double-doubles in this league really stand out.' Jackson shot a perfect 9 for 9 from the field and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was able to find space inside all game and had several dunks. 'I think we did a good job as far as pick and roll and getting to the basket,' Jackson said. 'I was able to get into the lane and get my layups, and once we started helping each other, good things happened.' The Stampede cut the lead to eight with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Toros then came out of a timeout with Joseph finding Jackson inside for a dunk, and they extended the lead from there. Idaho's Sean Evans (6'8''-F-88, college: St.John's) led all scorers with 26 points to go with nine rebounds. The Toros and Stampede will play twice more in Boise, Idaho, on Friday and Saturday. Courtesy of: statesman.com
Springfield A. - Los Angeles D. 98-89 The Springfield Armor, presented by MGM Springfield, defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders 98-89 today at the MassMutual Center. The Armor improve to 2-1 with the victory, while the D-Fenders suffered their first loss of the season and drop to 2-1. Springfield used strong efforts on the glass and on the defensive end to shake Los Angeles. The Armor held the D-Fenders to 36% shooting (32-89) after Los Angeles had connected on 48% in its previous two games combined. Springfield also established a new franchise record with 63 rebounds (23 on the offensive end) and out-rebounded the D-Fenders 63-43 on the day. Armor forward Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Memphis) came off the bench to lead the way with 21 points (13-16 FT) and Cliff Tucker (6'6''-G/F, college: Maryland) tallied his first double-double of the season (12 points, 11 rebounds). James Mays posted his third double-double in as many games with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Carleton Scott contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds and Chas McFarland added 10 points in the victory. D-Fenders' guard Courtney Fortson (5'11''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) led all scorers with 26 points, Orien Greene added 18 points and 6 steals, Jarrid Famous scored 14 points, Los Angeles Lakers' assignee Darius Johnson-Odom recorded11 points and 7 assists and Jamario Moon and Gary Flowers each contributed 10 points to round out the double digit scorers. The Armor return to action on Friday evening when they host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:00 pm at the MassMutual Center. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Maine RC - Sioux Falls S. 87-98 he words tasted like vinegar coming out of Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) 's mouth. "We just got outworked," he said. "We really, really got outworked. I don't know what else to say." That about summed up the Maine Red Claws' 98-87 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce Sunday afternoon at the Portland Expo. A back-and-forth game through three quarters fell apart for the Red Claws. They were not only outscored 29-18 in the quarter, but also out-rebounded 16-8. Hard to believe that the Red Claws actually had a 26-18 edge on the boards at halftime. "We were a little bit disappointed the way we played in the second half," Maine Coach Mike Taylor said. "There were a lot of good things going on in the first half. I think our energy level let us down." Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) again led Maine in scoring with 19 points. Wright combined 17 points with 12 rebounds. Shelvin Mack had 15 points and six assists. Forward Kris Joseph, fresh from his two-game stint with the Celtics, scored 14. Backup center/forward Chris Ayer added 10. Throughout the first half, there were 13 lead changes and four ties, as Maine led 54-51. In the third quarter, Maine jumped ahead 66-57 after a thunderous dunk by the 6-foot-7 Joseph over 7-foot-5 Sioux Falls center Will Foster. But the Skyforce tied the game 69-69 at the end of the quarter, and took over in the fourth. "Our guys did not maintain the tempo we needed to stay successful," Taylor said. "I don't know if our guys were tired. I don't know what the situation was. "But we didn't have the right energy level on the defensive end. And we were outworked on the boards." One problem for Maine was 7-foot center Fab Melo again getting into foul trouble. He picked up his fourth foul with 10:12 left in the third quarter. Before he could be subbed out, Melo picked up his fifth foul 18 seconds later. He sat for the next 13 minutes, eventually finishing with four points and nine rebounds. "You try to defend and you try to play hard. And they call fouls," Melo said. "You just have to play with it. Leading the Skyforce charge was 6-foot-3 guard Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston), a backup last year with the Los Angeles Lakers. Goudelock led all scorers with 24. He scored eight points in the last minute of the third quarter (a drive and two three-pointers) and nine points in the fourth. Shelvin Mack's three-pointer closed Maine to 93-87 with 1:40 left. But Sioux Falls got two free throws, and then Goudelock's three-pointer clinched it with 39 seconds left. One telling statistic was foul shooting. Sioux Falls made 22 of 29, Maine 8 of 15. The Red Claws did not drive to the basket enough to draw the fouls. "We did not establish that attacking, aggressive mentality to get to the rim," Taylor said, while also hinting that the close calls did not go his team's way (20 Maine fouls, to 14 by Sioux Falls). "The whistles were tough on us today." Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Fort Wayne Mad Ants welcome back Bentil - 7 hours ago
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Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 st... [read more]
Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Providence College staris in his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time. Bentil has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers).
Marcus Simmons (ex Phoenix) signs at Drive - 7 hours ago
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Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Te... [read more]
Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (88th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Simmons played in the final of D-League in 2015. He received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time. Simmons has played previously professionally in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs) and D-League (Canton Charge).
D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - 1 day ago
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The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith(6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard... [read more]
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired the returning player rights to Juwan Staten (6'1''-PG-92, college: W.Virginia) from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for forward Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV), it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. The deal is pending the successful completion of physicals. Staten currently plays for the Salon Vilpas Vikings in Finland, where he is averaging 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists through 19 games. A 6-foot-1 point guard, Staten has career averages of 7.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 28 NBA D-League games with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Delaware 87ers. The former Dayton and West Virginia standout has also played internationally in Belgium. Smith averaged 16.0 points and 9.1 rebounds in 67 career games with the D-Fenders. He leaves Los Angeles as the franchise's second-leading rebounder, totaling 609 in two seasons. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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