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
The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) to the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the third time this season. The 19-year-old has played well in the D-League this season, compiling averages of 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. Zubac was selected by the Lakers in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2016 draft. He has also spent time with KK Zrinjevac Zagreb, Cibona II Zagreb and BC Mega Leks. He has played four games... [read more]
The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned center Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) to the Los Angeles D-Fenders for the third time this season. The 19-year-old has played well in the D-League this season, compiling averages of 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. Zubac was selected by the Lakers in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2016 draft. He has also spent time with KK Zrinjevac Zagreb, Cibona II Zagreb and BC Mega Leks. He has played four games with the Lakers, averaging 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.0 minutes.
The Golden State Warriors have recalled rookie center Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, the team announced. Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games in his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30. Jones was sected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft. He grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes Dec. 3 in a game against the Maine Red Claws. [read more]
The Golden State Warriors have recalled rookie center Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt) from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, the team announced. Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games in his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30. Jones was sected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft. He grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes Dec. 3 in a game against the Maine Red Claws.
Skyforce take down Drive with big third quarter - 1 day ago
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The Sioux Falls Skyforce (8-2) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Grand Rapids Drive (4-6) on the road by a 111-105 score on Wednesday night. It was the Skyforce's fourth win a row and the Drive's third consecutive loss. Akaro White and Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) took advantage of the Drive's depleted frontcourt for Sioux Falls, as they combined for 33 efficient points and Benson had 11 rebounds. Jabril Trawick (6'5''-G-92, college: Georgetown) added 20 po... [read more]
The Sioux Falls Skyforce (8-2) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Grand Rapids Drive (4-6) on the road by a 111-105 score on Wednesday night. It was the Skyforce's fourth win a row and the Drive's third consecutive loss. Akaro White and Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) took advantage of the Drive's depleted frontcourt for Sioux Falls, as they combined for 33 efficient points and Benson had 11 rebounds. Jabril Trawick (6'5''-G-92, college: Georgetown) added 20 points off the bench and point guard Briante Weber (6'2''-PG-92, college: VCU) had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, also dishing five assists. Kevin Murphy rode a three-point outburst in the fourth quarter to 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Drive, Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) registered 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists and Zeke Upshaw (6'6''-F/G-91, college: Hofstra) had a season-high 23 points with seven rebounds. It is the third time this season Murphy has scored 33 points. The Skyforce jumped out to a 13-6 opening lead, but their offense stalled for the remainder of the quarter and they led by just two at the end of the first. The Drive were constantly at the free-throw line in the second quarter, getting efficient baskets and gaining a six-point lead at the half. But it was all Sioux Falls from there, as the Drive continued their season-long struggles with the second half of games. The Skyforce began the second half on a 22-9 run, scoring those 22 points in just five and a half minutes. The final tally was a 40-19 third quarter advantage, the most points the Drive have allowed in the third quarter all year and the second-fewest amount of points they have scored. Grand Rapids showed signs of fatigue, as the Drive were down to just eight players for the game with Nikola Jovanovic (6'11''-C/F-94, college: USC) still inactive and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) and Pat Forsythe getting DNP-CDs. The Drive cut the lead down to single digits several times in the fourth, but the lead was never lower than eight until the final seconds. The Skyforce were lethal from beyond the arc, connecting on 43 percent of their attempts, while it took a late spree by Grand Rapids to keep them from shooting under 30 percent from deep for the second consecutive game. The Drive's free-throw advantage (34 attempts to Sioux Falls' 27) was not enough to make up for it. Sioux Falls will look to keep things going against Raptors 905 on Dec. 9, and the Drive's seven-game home stand continues on Dec. 10 against the Delaware 87ers. Courtesy of: argusleader.com
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