Taylor Griffin (202-F-86) had a great game in the last round for Santa Cruz W. and that's him to receive a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Los Angeles D. (#6, 2-4) 99-93. Thanks to this victory Santa Cruz W. moved-up to the 3rd position in the D-League D-League. They are still close to the very top. Santa Cruz W. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Griffin had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Santa Cruz W.'s top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 63.6% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90) of Reno B.. Honeycutt impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Reno B. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Bakersfield J. (#4, 4-3) 106-86. This victory allowed Reno B. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Honeycutt is a newcomer at Reno B. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88) of Springfield A. (#4). Uzoh got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Uzoh's great performance Springfield A. lost 88-118 to the lower-ranked Canton C. (#8, 2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Springfield A. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Uzoh has a great season in D-L. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Shelvin Mack (190-G-90) of Maine RC - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 5. Chris Roberts (193-G-88) of Texas L. - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Travis Leslie (193-G-90) of Santa Cruz W. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Mark Tyndale (196-G-86) of Sioux Falls S. - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Kyle Gibson (196-G-87) of Canton C. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Los Angeles D. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Marcus Landry (201-F-85) of Reno B. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Balanced Scoring Effort Lifts Warriors Past 87ers, Snaps Losing Skid - 4 hours ago
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The Santa Cruz Warriors (3-7) defeated the Delaware 87ers (3-5) 116-102 on Tuesday night at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. Six different Warriors scored in double-figures in the road victory that snapped a six-game losing streak. Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) led the Warriors with 21 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Elgin Cook (6'6''-F-93, college: Oregon) added 20 points and 5 rebounds, while Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) notched 18 points... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors (3-7) defeated the Delaware 87ers (3-5) 116-102 on Tuesday night at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. Six different Warriors scored in double-figures in the road victory that snapped a six-game losing streak. Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) led the Warriors with 21 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Elgin Cook (6'6''-F-93, college: Oregon) added 20 points and 5 rebounds, while Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) notched 18 points and 5 assists. The 87ers were paced by Cat Barber who scored a game-high 31 points. Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93, college: La-Lafayette) added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Lorrenzo Wade (6'5''-F-85, college: San Diego St., agency: DTMones) added 16 points. The opening quarter was a tightly-contested but low scoring affair, with neither team scoring a field goal in the first 3 minutes of the game. Made free throws would get the Warriors on the board, but the visitors would not score their first field goal until Cameron Jones's driving reverse-layup at the 6:46 mark. Back-and-forth scoring saw Delaware and Santa Cruz knotted at 21 points heading into the second period. Santa Cruz outscored Delaware 39-29 in the second quarter as Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92, college: Boston Coll.) and Terrence Drisdom (6'5''-G-92, college: Cal Poly Pomona) combined for 17 points to help the Warriors to a ten-point advantage heading into the locker room. The Warriors extended their lead to 15 points behind a 7-2 run in the first two minutes out of the break. Delaware would chip away at their deficit, fueled by a 10-3 run midway through the quarter, but would still have a double-digit deficit to overcome to start the fourth frame. Santa Cruz would open the final frame on a 15-4 run and would lead by as many as 22 points to cruise to an emphatic victory, closing out their frustrating five-game road-stand. The Santa Cruz Warriors return home to take on the Austin Spurs on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. PST at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Fans can catch the game on Facebook Live, by visiting the Santa Cruz Warriors' Facebook page at tip-off. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Raptors 905 ends Maine's 3-game winning streak - 2 days ago
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Playing the second game of a back-to-back and the third game in four days, the last thing the Maine Red Claws probably wanted to see Sunday was a well-rested team with the ability to pound the ball inside. Maine was missing the zip it had during a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup with the Raptors 905, who got into Portland on Saturday and hadn't played since Thursday. The Raptors took advantage on their way to a 102-89 win. Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison thinks his team'... [read more]
Playing the second game of a back-to-back and the third game in four days, the last thing the Maine Red Claws probably wanted to see Sunday was a well-rested team with the ability to pound the ball inside. Maine was missing the zip it had during a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup with the Raptors 905, who got into Portland on Saturday and hadn't played since Thursday. The Raptors took advantage on their way to a 102-89 win. Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison thinks his team's 7-3 record isn't quite what it seems. It showed Sunday when Maine was outscored in the paint (66-36) and lost the rebounding battle (17-5 on the offensive glass, 44-33 overall). 'We've got to improve. We are not improving at the rate we need to,' Morrison said. 'We have a decent team but we are not at the level of the best teams yet.' Raptors 905 are coached by Jerry Stackhouse, who played 18 seasons in the NBA. Stackhouse recently moved 7-foot-3 center Edy Taveres into the starting lineup. Taveres was a tough matchup for Maine, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while altering a number of shots on the defensive end. The presense of Tavares and 6-11 Yanick Moreira (6'11''-C-91, college: SMU) allows the Raptors to go inside or kick it out if Maine collapses down low. The result was open shots and the Raptors shoot 48.4 percent from the floor. 'I want to take advantage of Edy's length and his ability to finish around the basket,' said Stackhouse, who has guided his team to a 6-2 record in his first year as coach. 'It's old-school basketball, playing inside-out. I loved the fact that we established ourselves and played our style.' Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU), the 6-8 second-year pro who was playing in his second game since being assigned by the Celtics, often defended Tavares. 'The game is changing a lot so you don't see as many guys like that,' Mickey said. 'But some team do have them and you have to be able to adjust to try to help your team get the win.' Tavares scored eight points in the first quarter and 16 in the second as the Raptors took a 58-42 lead. 'Unfortunately I think this being our third game in four nights showed,' Morrison said. 'It's just an excuse, but I think it affected us a bit, especially in the first half.' Damion Lee was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 25 points to lead Maine. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), recently assigned to the Red Claws from the Celtics finished with 17, while Mickey had 10. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) and Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) each had 11. Raptors 905 pushed the lead to 25 points, 70-45, a little more than midway through the third quarter. Maine cut the deficit to 98-87 with 45.7 seconds left, but ran out of time. Courtesy of: pressherald.com
87ers Knock off Drive with Balanced Scoring Attack - 2 days ago
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The Delaware 87ers (3-4) got revenge on the Grand Rapids Drive (4-5) for a loss earlier in the season on Sunday night, beating the Drive on the road 118-100. The Sevens got contributions from all over their roster, grabbing a much-needed win after losing four of their previous five games. Seven players scored in double figures for them compared to just three for the Drive. Standing out among the team effort were James Webb III (6'9''-F-93, college: Boise St.) III and Cat Barber with 19 po... [read more]
The Delaware 87ers (3-4) got revenge on the Grand Rapids Drive (4-5) for a loss earlier in the season on Sunday night, beating the Drive on the road 118-100. The Sevens got contributions from all over their roster, grabbing a much-needed win after losing four of their previous five games. Seven players scored in double figures for them compared to just three for the Drive. Standing out among the team effort were James Webb III (6'9''-F-93, college: Boise St.) III and Cat Barber with 19 points each, Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93, college: La-Lafayette) with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Carlos Lopez-Sosa with 14 points off the bench. Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) were a two-man show for the host Drive, combining for 56 points. Murphy also had 11 rebounds. Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) shook off a slow start and finished with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assists. An early four-point play by Murphy gave the Drive a 15-9 run to open the game, but a bench-heavy unit of Sevens erased that with a 9-1 run immediately following that. Murphy, currently third in the D-League in points per game, had 11 points in the first quarter, but the Drive only managed 20 and Delaware led 26-20 after the first. The Sevens stretched their lead to double digits in the second quarter, had six players score at least eight first-half points. But the Drive were able to narrow it to a 60-53 halftime advantage. Murphy had 20 points at halftime and Crawford already had 14 as well. It wasn't enough to get the Sevens on their heels, though, as they got their lead right back up to double digits with an 8-4 run to open the second half. The Drive were not able to mount a serious challenge to the Sevens' lead the entire despite shooting 43 percent from three, just lower than their overall shooting percentage of 45 percent. They only attempted 21 threes. The Sevens scored over 110 points for the fourth time this season, shooting 82 percent from the free throw line and grabbing 16 offensive rebounds on their way to out-rebounding the Drive 53-39. They made just 28 percent of their three-point attempts but compensated with other forms of offense. The Drive's next game is their third consecutive at home, a Dec. 7 tilt with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Delaware squares off with the Santa Cruz Warriors at home on Dec. 6. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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