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
The Grand Rapids Drive have obtained the returning player rights to shooting guard Jordan Crawford(6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In return, the Drive will send the Mad Ants the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming D-League draft. Crawford, 27, has spent time with the Washington Wizards (2011-2013), Boston Celtics (2013-2014), Golden State Warriors (2014) and Mad Ants (2015). In just 14 games with Fort Wayne last season, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9... [read more]
The Grand Rapids Drive have obtained the returning player rights to shooting guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In return, the Drive will send the Mad Ants the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming D-League draft. Crawford, 27, has spent time with the Washington Wizards (2011-2013), Boston Celtics (2013-2014), Golden State Warriors (2014) and Mad Ants (2015). In just 14 games with Fort Wayne last season, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.2 steals. The D-League draft is scheduled for Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 'With today's purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate - an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,' said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. 'I'm t... [read more]
The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 'With today's purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate - an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,' said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. 'I'm thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings' ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.' Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno's inaugural NBA D-League campaign. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club. With today's purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 'We're excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,' said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive. 'This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.' Five current Kings have NBA D-League experience. Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches. Since the team's inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina). Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) and Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall). 'It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,' said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos. 'I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.' On Nov. 2, the Kings will join the Bighorns for a Celebration Day featuring Kings talent in order to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization. Those interested in purchasing a season-ticket membership can sign up on the priority list at RenoBighorns.com/membership or by calling 888-91-KINGS to have first shot at securing seats before they go on sale to the public on Nov. 2. Launched in 2001, the NBA D-League has expanded from an eight-team league to a record 22 teams for the 2016-17 season, all of which will be singly affiliated with an NBA parent club. The NBA D-League will tip off its 16th season on Nov. 11. Courtesy of: insidehoops.com
Former NBA lottery pick Robert Swift(7'0''-F/C-85) (Bakersfield High School) is getting a long look from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Swift was among the 18 players to work out for the D-League affiliate of the Western Conference champions this past weekend and is believed to have a shot to make the team. The 7-foot-1 center was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 12 pick in the 2004 draft. He spent five years in the NBA with the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has se... [read more]
Former NBA lottery pick Robert Swift (7'0''-F/C-85) (Bakersfield High School) is getting a long look from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Swift was among the 18 players to work out for the D-League affiliate of the Western Conference champions this past weekend and is believed to have a shot to make the team. The 7-foot-1 center was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 12 pick in the 2004 draft. He spent five years in the NBA with the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, and has served a previous stint in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam (2009), as well as in Japan with the Tokyo Apache (2010). Swift, 30, has not played professional basketball since 2011.
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