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
BayHawks Drop to Red Claws Hot Shooting - 1 day ago
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The Erie BayHawks (1-6) fell to the Maine Red Claws (6-2) 101-91 tonight at Erie Insurance Arena after returning home from a five-game road trip. After a back and forth first quarter that saw eight lead changes, the Red Claws jumped out to a 56-64 lead at half behind a 17-4 run in the second quarter. Erie fell behind by as many as 13 in the second half but closed the gap to six when Stephen Zimmerman hit a floater with 2:31 to play. Maine answered with six straight points including a dunk... [read more]
The Erie BayHawks (1-6) fell to the Maine Red Claws (6-2) 101-91 tonight at Erie Insurance Arena after returning home from a five-game road trip. After a back and forth first quarter that saw eight lead changes, the Red Claws jumped out to a 56-64 lead at half behind a 17-4 run in the second quarter. Erie fell behind by as many as 13 in the second half but closed the gap to six when Stephen Zimmerman hit a floater with 2:31 to play. Maine answered with six straight points including a dunk from Asauhn Dixon-Tatum. In his first game on assignment from the Orlando Magic, Stephen Zimmerman (7'0''-F-96, college: UNLV) posted 20 points and 16 rebounds. TJ Price (6'9''-C) added 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists on seven-of-18 shooting from the floor. Gabe York (6'3''-G-93, college: Arizona), in his first start for the BayHawks, had 18 points and five assists on seven-of-13 shooting. Ramon Galloway (6'3''-SG-91, college: La Salle) had 16 points, five assists, and three rebounds. All five of Maine's starters posted double-digit point totals. Marcus George-Hunt had a team-high of 19 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) and Dixon-Tatum each added 18 points. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Santa Cruz no match for sharpshooting Long Island - 1 day ago
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Long Island Nets forward Trahson Burrell (6'7''-F/G, college: Memphis, agency: Stealth Sport) knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing early on against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Thirty seconds later, center Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse) drained a triple from the corner. It was a microcosm of things to come. And the Warriors had no answer. The Nets quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead via the 3-pointer and never looked back, earning their first home win at Brooklyn's... [read more]
Long Island Nets forward Trahson Burrell (6'7''-F/G, college: Memphis, agency: Stealth Sport) knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing early on against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Thirty seconds later, center Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse) drained a triple from the corner. It was a microcosm of things to come. And the Warriors had no answer. The Nets quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead via the 3-pointer and never looked back, earning their first home win at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with a 114-104 victory over the Warriors on Thursday. It was the second game of a back-to-back for the Warriors (2-6), who have lost five straight. Although that appeared to have an effect early on - Santa Cruz was also playing the third game of its five-game road trip - they still would have struggled to slow down an uptempo Nets. Long Island (2-7), the NBA affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, shot 48 percent (45 of 94) from the field and converted 13 3-pointers. Forward Beau Beech (6'8''-G/F-94, college: N.Florida) was Long Island's main weapon, depositing a team-high 22 points behind a 6-of-11 performance from behind the arc. McCullough added 20 points, while guard Yogi Ferrell, on assignment from the Brooklyn Nets, finished with 18 points and 10 assists. The Nets made five 3s in the first quarter and controlled a 10-point lead after 12 minutes. Santa Cruz point guard Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) and forward Elgin Cook (6'6''-F-93, college: Oregon) each contributed 22 points as the Warriors shot 39 percent (34 of 87) and made six 3-pointers. Cook, making his first start of the season, also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) had 10 rebounds to go along with 11 points, while Scott Wood (6'6''-F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) and Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92, college: Boston Coll.) each finished with 11 points. Santa Cruz didn't find its offense until the second half - and not until after Long Island opened the third quarter on a 12-5 run to push its lead to 20 points. The Nets led by as many as 22 points in the game. Although a Pressey 3 with 5:05 remaining in regulation brought the Warriors' deficit to seven - the smallest margin between the two teams since early in the second quarter - Santa Cruz didn't have enough late-game firepower to surpass the Nets. Offense will be much needed Saturday when the Warriors travel to Portland, Maine, to take on the Red Claws. Maine (6-2) is averaging 115.6 points per game this season and has surpassed the century mark in each of its eight games. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 29-year old forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). It is actually his comeback to D-Fenders as he has played here before. Ayres already started the season at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In four EuroLeague games he had 6.0ppg and 4.8rpg this season. Ayres also played 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.0rpg. The most of last season Ayres spent at the Clippers. But in 19... [read more]
Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 29-year old forward Jeff Ayres (206-109kg-87, college: Arizona State). It is actually his comeback to D-Fenders as he has played here before. Ayres already started the season at CSKA Moscow in Russian VTB league, but left the team in Nov.'16. In four EuroLeague games he had 6.0ppg and 4.8rpg this season. Ayres also played 3 games in VTB United League where he recorded 4.7ppg and 2.0rpg. The most of last season Ayres spent at the Clippers. But in 19 NBA games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 1.2rpg. The other team Ayres played shortly was another team D-Fenders. In two games he got impressive 16.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 1.5apg. In 2009 Ayres was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (31st overall). He attended Arizona State and it is his eighth season in pro basketball. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016. Ayres won NBA championship title in 2014. Ayres has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Iowa Energy). On Ayres:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
He is a competitor, battles at all times to establish post position and is very active … His motor is excellent and he shows it by running the floor as well as anyone in the country … Around the basket he is very active and he knows how to move without the ball to get to open spaces … Has been the beneficiary of some great passes, but a lot of it has to do with his ability to read the action as well as being able to catch pretty much any pass that is thrown his way.
His repertoire in the post is limited, as a result he does not demand much attention from defenses … Struggles getting his shot of against bigger defenders.
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