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 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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