Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 99-87 The Tulsa 66ers fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 99-87, on Thursday night at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, with Oklahoma City Thunder assignment Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scoring 22 points. Lamb, who has played three games for Tulsa, has averaged 26.0 points. Tulsa guard Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central) collected 22 points along with 10 rebounds and three steals. OKC assignee Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) scored six points with five boards and two blocked shots. Tulsa (3-2) got behind early, trailing Rio Grande Valley (2-3) 33-19 at the end of the first quarter. The Vipers controlled the remainder of the half, leading 54-43 at the mid-game break. Trailing 58-43 with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Tulsa spurred a 21-3 run in a five-minute span to take a 64-61 lead. The game became a back-and-forth contest before the Vipers ended the game on an 11-0 run. The 66ers had four players grab five or more boards, but were outrebounded by the Vipers, 44-42. Tulsa forced 18 RGV turnovers, including nine off of steals. Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley face off two more times this weekend, this time at the SpiritBank Event Center. The 66ers host the Vipers on Saturday night at 7:00 and Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 111-113 The Erie BayHawks welcomed the Maine Red Claws to town for a Thursday evening soiree and the Red Claws snuck out of Erie Insurance Arena with a two point victory, 113-111. Maine (3-2) held a three point advantage following the first frame. Erie (2-2) battled back and took a one point lead into the break, thanks to Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland)'s 11 second quarter points. The BayHawks kept their one point lead through three quarters before Maine finished with a flurry of points in the final five minutes. The game featured six lead changes and ten ties. Maine led by as many as 11 points while the BayHawks held an eight point advantage in the fourth quarter prior to a 20-5 run by the Red Claws. A total of six BayHawks reached double figures in the scoring department, led by Benson's 23 point and 11 rebound effort. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) chipped in with a solid all-around performance, collecting 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Maine was paced by the sharp-shooting Micah Downs (6'8''-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), who poured in a game high 27 points, including five three-pointers. Guard Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) also added 23 points, connecting on all 14 of his free throws. The BayHawks will travel to Sioux Falls to square off against the unbeaten Skyforce tomorrow night. Maine returns home on Saturday to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 109-95 The Bakersfield Jam won their game in a row Tuesday night knocking off the L.A. D-Fenders 109-95. The Jam used a huge second quarter in which they outscored the D-Fenders 34-16 to blow the game open. John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91, college: Vanderbilt), playing in the second game with the Jam, scored a game-high 29 points on 10-21 shooting. Jenkins hit 3-8 from beyond-the-arc and was a perfect 6-6 at the free throw line. Former Hawks draft pick Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) turned in a solid performance with 19 points and 13 boards. Second-round pick Mike Scott is on assignment along with Jenkins but didn't play in the game because of an illness. Phoenix Suns' first-round pick Kendall Marshall started at point guard and logged a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. The Defenders were led by Gary Flowers (6'8''-F-86, college: S.Mississippi) who put down 25 points and also grabbed 12 boards. Jarrid Famous finished with 15 points, 15 boards to go along with five blocks. Courtney Fortson chipped in 15 points and eight assists. The Jam are now off until Friday when they will play a back-to-back against the Reno Bighorns. Courtesy of: peachtreehoops.com
Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 101-110 Andrew Goudelock (6'3''-G-88, college: Charleston) scored 29 points and Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 23 as the Skyforce kept their perfect record with a 110-101 win over Tulsa on Wednesday. Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) added 17 points and nine rebounds for Sioux Falls (4-0). For Tulsa, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III (6'11''-F-91, college: Baylor), Oklahoma City Thunder assignees, scored 23 and 21 points, respectively. Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse) had 21 points and five rebounds. Sioux Falls rallied from a 13-2 deficit in the first quarter and led 26-25 at the start of the second quarter. The Skyforce host Erie on Friday and Texas on Saturday. Courtesy of: argusleader.com
Reno Bighorns signed 45-year old coach Darrick Martin. He has last worked as director of basketball operations at St.John's (NCAA). Martin has coached also professionally in Italy, Russia and NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves). By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in D-League [read more]
Reno Bighorns signed 45-year old coach Darrick Martin. He has last worked as director of basketball operations at St.John's (NCAA). Martin has coached also professionally in Italy, Russia and NBA (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Rex Walters to be named new Grand Rapids Drive head coach - 10 days ago
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The Detroit Pistons are expected to name Rex Walters the next head coach of their D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest. Walters served as the head coach at the University of San Francisco from 2008-16 where he compiled a 126-125 record. Walters was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 16th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He spent seven years in the NBA with New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami. In 335 career games, Walters averaged... [read more]
The Detroit Pistons are expected to name Rex Walters the next head coach of their D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, multiple league sources tell D-League Digest. Walters served as the head coach at the University of San Francisco from 2008-16 where he compiled a 126-125 record. Walters was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 16th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He spent seven years in the NBA with New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami. In 335 career games, Walters averaged 4.6 points per contest. Walters replaces Otis Smith, who is expected to join the Pistons in their front office for the 2016-17 season. Smith was the team's first head coach beginning in 2014. In two seasons with the Drive, Smith finished with a 44-56 record. Notable call-ups during Smith's stint include Lorenzo Brown, Robert Covington, and Henry Sims. Courtesy of: dleaguedigest.com
Bighorns Receive NBA D-league Community Relations Award - 15 days ago
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The Reno Bighorns were recently the recipients of the NBA Development League Top 3 Community Appearances Award for their outstanding efforts in the Reno/Sparks community during the 2016 NBA D-League League Meetings. The Bighorns placed in the top three out of 19 NBA Development League Teams. The award recognizes the top NBA D-League teams who reflect the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities [read more]
The Reno Bighorns were recently the recipients of the NBA Development League Top 3 Community Appearances Award for their outstanding efforts in the Reno/Sparks community during the 2016 NBA D-League League Meetings. The Bighorns placed in the top three out of 19 NBA Development League Teams. The award recognizes the top NBA D-League teams who reflect the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities. During the 2015-16 season: Bighorns players, coaches, mascot, front office personnel and Lady Bighorns made more than 230 appearances in the community (school assemblies, hospital visits, nonprofit events and fundraising benefits). The Bighorns supported more than 300 different area organizations with in-kind contributions. These in-kind donations (tickets, autographed memorabilia, appearances, etc.) were used to raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes in the Reno/Sparks area. The Bighorns helped raise more than $61,000 for local non-profits through cash, in-kind contributions, ticket fundraisers and theme jersey nights. The Bighorns collected more than 1,600 non-perishable food donations during the NBA D-League Season of Giving. The Reno Bighorns have a strong history of giving back to the community by contributing time, materials, resources and donations to organizations that share the team's commitment to youth education, youth health and wellness and violence prevention. The Bighorns Front Office, our team, along with our entire basketball family work to address community concerns and find ways for the Bighorns to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. 'We are excited and truly honored to receive this prestigious award from the NBA D-League,' said Bighorns Managing Owner, Herb Santos, Jr., in a press release 'Our involvement in the community has always been a corner stone of our organization as we have always considered the Bighorns a community owned team.' Courtesy of: rgj.com
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