Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 106-86 The Reno Bighorns (2-2) defeated the Bakersfield Jam (4-3), 106-86 Saturday at the Reno Events Center. The Bighorns' offense was too much for the Jam to handle, with five Bighorns in double-digits led by Utah Jazz assignee Kevin Murphy (6'6''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech), who had 26 points on 10-19 from the field. Sacramento Kings' assignee Tyler Honeycutt (6'8''-F-90, college: UCLA) had a game-high 40 minutes to go with his game-high 15 rebounds and 17 points. Forward Marcus Landry shot 9-12 from the field, including 5-8 from the three point line, good for 23 points. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) led the Jam with 19 points. Center Brian Butch recorded a double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Jam kept it close throughout the fourth quarter but were done in by 26 turnovers. The Bighorns held the Jam to 41.4 percent shooting. Reno also had 22 assists, compared to Bakersfield's 11. The Bighorns will face the Jam again at home at 7 p.m. Monday. Monday is Season of Giving Night, where any fans who bring a can of food or toiletry item to donate will receive a free ticket to the game. Courtesy of: rgj.com
Los Angeles D. - Santa Cruz W. 93-99 Two games and counting. The Santa Cruz Warriors have just a pair of games left before they bring NBA Development League basketball to Santa Cruz for their home opener Dec. 23. But they're not throwing away any games on the road while the final touches are being put on their new Kaiser Permanente Arena. Six Warriors scored in double digits as Santa Cruz completed a sweep of the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday night with a 99-93 win. Taylor Griffin (6'8''-F-86, college: Oklahoma) logged the only double-double of the night, his third of the season through five games, with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) scored a team-high 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Stefhon Hannah also joined the double-digit scoring club with 14 points and a game-high seven assists, while Moe Baker chipped in with 11 points. Cameron Jones and Justin Johnson each came in off the bench to score 14 and 10, respectively. The Warriors improve to 4-1 with the win. Darius Johnson-Odom (6'2''-PG-89, college: Marquette), on assignment from the Los Angeles Lakers, paced the D-Fenders with a game-high 27 points. Off the bench, Orien Greene scored 25. L.A. got the first basket, but its 2-0 lead didn't last. Santa Cruz followed with an 8-0 run, then used a stingy defense to keep a cushion for the remainder of the game. The Warriors held the D-Fenders to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded L.A. 53-38. The two road games remaining on Santa Cruz's schedule before the Warriors come home for Christmas will be against the Idaho Stampede on Dec. 14 and 15. Both are scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific time. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Idaho S. - Austin T. 88-98 Austin's Luther Head came off the bench to lead the Toros with 21 points and secure a 98-88 road win for the fourth consecutive victory over winless Idaho. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) added 16 points for the Toros, and Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) had 11 points and nine rebounds as Austin shot 54.3 percent from the field. Tyler Wilkerson added 14 points and Aubrey Coleman had 10. Idaho's Will Barton matched Head's effort in his second game with the Stampede, but didn't have the supporting cast. Idaho's struggles continued, making just 34-of-84 shots (40.5 percent), as wing players Seth Tarver and Durrell Summers made a combined 3-of-18 shots. Scoring was back-and-forth and the game was tied at 7:40 in the second quarter and Idaho led 52-46 at the half before Austin began to pull away in the third quarter. The Toros outscored the Stampede in the third 33-19, mainly due to hot shooting from Head. The Toros will play their next game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota against the Skyforce on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: statesman.com
Springfield A. - Canton C. 88-118 It's not easy playing basketball from behind, and even harder when the game is 2-on-5. The Springfield Armor were brutally reminded of those lessons in Saturday night's ultra-ugly 118-88 loss to Canton. This was a game that saw the Charge in charge from the outset. It was never really close, but it got out of hand in the fourth quarter, when Canton outscored the Armor 32-15 in the NBA Development League game. "You can't play from behind all the time. We talked about it and thought we had a handle on it,'' said Armor coach Bob MacKinnon, whose team had used a second-half rally to beat Fort Wayne Friday night. Not this time. Not even close. "Too many possessions got away. We got crushed on the boards (54-29), we didn't defend, there was no toughness or resistance and no sense of urgency,'' MacKinnon said. "This is a professional game. We didn't play like professionals.'' The rout came one night after Springfield had tied a franchise record with 63 rebounds, an effort that helped overcome an 18-point deficit in the 108-100 win over Fort Wayne. With Saturday night's loss at the MassMutual Center, Springfield fell to 3-2. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) scored 30 points and James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson) had 25 for the Armor, but their production wasn't nearly enough to tip the scales against Canton, which ousted the Armor from last season's D-League playoffs. Uzoh's previous career high had been 27 in a 2011 game. He could not stop the Charge from avenging an Opening Night overtime loss at home to Springfield. Forward Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 25 points for the Charge, who placed six scorers in double figures. Center Arinze Onuaka not only scored 13 points, but grabbed nine of Canton's 20 offensive rebounds and had 12 boards in all. The first half was choppy and frustrating for the Armor, who fell into an early hole and trailed 60-47 at the break. Uzoh scored 18 points with three assists and four steals in the first half. The 6-foot-3 guard has been getting the attention of NBA teams. Uzoh has 60 games of NBA experience. He came into Saturday's game with averages of 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He had help from Mays, a 6-foot-8 forward who scored 17 points in the first half. Canton's defense has been no mystery to Mays, a former Clemson star whose previous season high was 23 points in the season opener at Canton. Springfield lost forward Carleton Scott, who played only three minutes before suffering an ankle sprain. They were also without center Willie Reed, who sat out with foot problems. "Willie thought he might be able to play in an emergency, but these are guys' careers we're talking about,'' MacKinnon said. "I told Willie I'd rather lose by 30 than take the risk. Unfortunately, I was right.'' Seven-foot center Chas McFarland came alive in the second half and had a season-high 13 points for Springfield. Springfield hurt itself with frosty 38.9-percent shooting in the game, and shot blanks with 0-for-8 shooting on 3-pointers. Canton shot 51.2 percent. "It was a team effort, from me on down. We need more from everybody - none of us did our jobs tonight,'' MacKinnon said. Canton improved to 2-4. All four losses have been by single digits. Courtesy of: masslive.com
Sioux Falls S. - Texas L. 82-86 The Texas Legends defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 86-82 Saturday night. Christian Eyenga made the go ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 to help Texas win their fifth straight contest. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half as Sioux Falls shot 37.0 percent (17-of-46) and Texas shot 33.3 percent (16-of-48). Sioux Falls led 43-42 at halftime. Chris Roberts scored 14 points in the third quarter to give Texas (5-2) an eight-point lead (67-59) heading into the final quarter. Sioux Falls (5-1) battled back and took a 74-72 lead following a Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) 3-pointer with just over five minutes to go in the contest. Sioux Falls led by five points (82-77) with 1:34 to go but back-to-back 3-pointers by Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87, college: Memphis) and Eyenga gave Texas a lead they would not relinquish. Roberts led all scorers with 26 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Solomon Bozeman (6'1''-PG-87, college: UALR) scored 19 points while Eyenga posted a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) off the bench. Tyndale recorded season-highs in points (19) and rebounds (15) off the bench. Demetris Nichols added 15 points and Jarvis Varnado tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in defeat. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 109-98 Tulsa 66ers head coach Darko Rajakovic preaches the importance of teamwork to his players. The concept of everyone playing a role in Tulsa's success was on display against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in NBA Development League action Saturday at the SpiritBank Event Center. Dominique Sutton (6'5''-F-86, college: N.C.Central) had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Reggie Jackson added 20 points and 11 assists as the 66ers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 109-98 win. Sutton and Jackson were two of five 66ers who scored in double figures, including Andy Rautins, who came off the bench to drain a season-high six 3-pointers for 18 points. Thunder assignee Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky) powered his way inside to 18 points and three blocked shots. "This is a young team and we want to play within the Oklahoma City Thunder system, and that means sharing the ball and playing like a team," Rajokovic said. "Our players are working hard and focusing on the small details, and that is paying off for us." In a game that saw 13 lead changes and 13 ties, Tulsa (4-2) finally took control of the contest in the third quarter, finishing the period with a 17-8 spurt to take an 84-75 lead into the final stanza. Sutton played a big role in making sure the Vipers did not rally from that deficit, scoring eight of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that pushed the 66er lead to its largest point of the night, 97-81 with 5:44 remaining. "Dominique is our motor on the defensive end," Rajakovic said of Tulsa's first-round draft choice who had his second consecutive game with 20 or more points. "He brings a lot of energy and we are looking for extra plays for him to get him more involved in the offense." Rio Grande Valley (2-4) pulled within 97-91 on a free throw by Chris Johnson with 2:39 left, but Jackson answered with consecutive baskets to force a Viper timeout with 1:51 left and Tulsa holding a 101-91 edge. Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley will meet again at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the SpiritBank Event Center, marking the third meeting between the squads in a four-day span. Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com
Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 116-113 The Maine Red Claws finally shared some of their early-season road success with the hometown fans. After losing their first two home games of the season, while countering with victories in their first three road games, the Red Claws sent their faithful home happy Saturday thanks to a 116-113 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. "I think what everyone has to understand is winning games is hard work," said Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor. The Red Claws (4-2) gave their fans full value for the price of admission as the outcome came down to the final shot. Only a narrowly missed 3-pointer by Darryl Partin at the buzzer kept the game from going into overtime. The Red Claws got off to a quick start thanks to eight early points, including two backboard rattling dunks by Chris Wright. The Claws never trailed in the opening period and put together a 10-4 run to complete the quarter to grab a 30-22 advantage. The lead was short-lived. The Mad Ants (2-5) exploded into the second quarter and quickly took the lead with an 11-0 run in the opening 2 minutes. Walker Russell was the catalyst with nine of the 11 points. "Unfortunately we changed our shot selection, our defensive effort and attention to details and we relaxed a little bit," said Taylor. "That's something we'll talk about with the guys and we'll work on." Fort Wayne managed to work its way into a seven-point advantage, but Maine regained the lead with an impressive closing kick in the final two minutes of the half. DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) started the run with the Red Claws' first successful 3-pointer after six misses from beyond the arc. Maine finished by connecting on two of three 3-pointers as it completed the half on a 12-2 run that delivered a 59-56 lead. "We didn't want the same thing that happened last week (a loss against Los Angeles in the home opener) to happen again tonight," said Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler), who paced the Red Claws with 26 points. "We just tried to concentrate and stick to it, take care of the little details and play the full 48." The Red Claws padded their lead early in the second half with a 10-0 run to open up a 69-58 advantage. Xavier Silas had five points in the run, which gave the Red Claws the largest lead of the game at 69-58. But the Mad Ants chipped away and tied the game at 98-98 midway through the fourth quarter. "Fort Wayne came in here and played an excellent game and played with tremendous energy and effort," said Taylor. "They made it extremely difficult on us and took advantage of some of our mistakes." Courtesy of: pressherald.com
D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - 15 hours 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
Warriors bring in the big guns, shoot down Stars - 1 day ago
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The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-be... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors at times struggled with Patrick McCaw (6'7''-G-95, college: UNLV), Kevon Looney (6'9''-F-96, college: UCLA) and Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) in their starting lineup Friday night against the visiting Salt Lake City Stars. It appeared they might need to call upon the efforts of Draymond Green, who sat courtside to watch his three Golden State teammates at Kaiser Permanente Arena. But another fourth-quarter comeback - and another massive, off-the-bench individual performance for Santa Cruz - ensured the Warriors' hot play of late continued. Reserve forward James Southerland looked like another one of Green's Golden State teammates when he caught fire from behind the arc Friday to lead the Warriors in their fourth-quarter comeback, dropping the Stars 113-104 in front of a sell-out crowd. Looney was solid, to be sure, finishing with 18 points and a Santa Cruz season-high 20 rebounds in just 23 minutes of work. But Southerland stole the show - and perhaps the win from Salt Lake City's grasp - when he deposited 17 of his game-high 29 points in the final stanza. 'To see James get hot, it was a lot of fun,' Looney said. 'It's something I'm used to (seeing at Golden State), and it was good to see him play well.' Southerland was 6 of 12 from 3-point range. And with a fourth-quarter offense geared around him hoisting improbable shots from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-8 forward made all four attempts and drew a shooting foul on another. The spark was all Santa Cruz needed. It led to a 20-8 run to start the fourth quarter and, eventually, the Warriors' seventh win in their last 10 games. 'James is an interesting guy. It doesn't matter what the situation is, he's just gonna shoot it,' said Warriors coach Casey Hill , who was feeling nostalgic after the game by sporting a Dakota Wizards hoodie. 'Tonight, he got hot and we were able to find him - both in screening situations and with him spacing the floor.' Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) finished with 20 points to go along with seven assists, while Alex Hamilton (6'4''-G-93, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) provided nine points and a game-high 11 assists off the bench. Many of those dishes were to Looney, who also dominated on offense in the fourth quarter. Though his game was seemingly forgotten at times by Salt Lake City, Looney was the beneficiary of multiple put-back dunks and lack of help defense by the Stars, who were outscored 38-24 in the fourth quarter. Rebounding is where the 6-9 big earned his pay Friday, surpassing the season-high rebounding mark for the team through the first three quarters. Looney surpassed Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92, college: Boston Coll.)'s mark of 17 boards set on Dec. 9 with 18 rebounds in his first 18 minutes of play. 'I feel like I got stronger. I feel better, more in shape and more confident in slides and basketball movements,' Looney said of his development. Hill agreed with the sentiment. 'I think a lot of the stuff you saw tonight was a lot of the stuff you were seeing last year, but with him in way better shape, a good summer under his belt and a little bit more confidence,' Hill said of Looney, who played in 12 games for Santa Cruz last season while on assignment. 'He's got the same nose for the basketball.' Hill said he felt no added pressure to win Friday's game, despite the beefed-up roster. Not since February 2014 has Santa Cruz played with as many as three players on assignment from Golden State. In fact, Friday's tilt was just the third game since the team relocated to Santa Cruz for the 2012-13 season that the NBA parent club had assigned three players simultaneously to Surf City. Santa Cruz is now 3-0 with three assignment players in the rotation. 'Winning is a bonus, but the most important thing is getting these guys what they need,' Hill said. 'It's been good so far,' he added. 'I thought all three of them did a good job of seamlessly rolling into what we were doing. We had a couple of nasty possessions here and there, but that happens when you have new faces in the lineup. 'We got through it and I thought we finished the game strong.' McCaw struggled to find his shot in the first half. Though it appeared the 6-foot-7 rookie out of UNLV would catch fire - he had several shots rim in-and-out - McCaw finished with just five first-half points on 2-of-8 shooting, 1 of 5 from behind the arc. He had 10 for the game on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with five assists, while Jones finished with six points and seven rebounds. Hill said he liked McCaw's effort and energy. 'Offensively, he hasn't made shots down here. But he hasn't been afraid to shoot them either, which is a good sign,' Hill said of McCaw, who was playing for the second time in Santa Cruz this season. 'We need to continue to show that trend and he'll start making shots down here.' Looney was a different story. The second-year big man, playing for the first time this season in Santa Cruz, asserted himself in the paint, either fighting through traffic or muscling for rebounds. He pulled down 10 boards by the break. Salt Lake City took a 59-57 lead at the midway point, taking advantage of Santa Cruz's out-of-sorts play early on to lead by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Stars had a 20-4 run in the first quarter and a 12-0 run in the second quarter, so it was small victory for the Warriors to be trailing by just two at the break. Southerland's play off the bench kept it close, though. The 6-8 forward, who caught fire in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win, carried over his deep-range game with 12 first-half points. He didn't score again until the fourth quarter, which began with Santa Cruz trailing 80-75. 'I would much rather have a 38-point third quarter,' Hill said of the recent come-from-behind efforts. 'But I'll take what I can get.' Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time... [read more]
After being waived by the Atlanta Hawks then clearing waivers last week, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) has joined the Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Kelly was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (No. 48 overall) in 2013. He spent three seasons with the Lakers before joining the Hawks as a free agent in October. Kelly carries NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged just 1.1 points with the Hawks this season, as playing time was scarce.
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