Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 109-114 The Reno Bighorns (2-3) fell to the Bakersfield Jam (5-3) in a thriller Monday night, 114-109. Utah Jazz assignee Kevin Murphy missed a three-pointer to tie the game with 8.6 seconds left in the game. The Bighorns and Jam played close all night, with 11 lead changes in the game. The Jam took 16 more free throws than the Bighorns, making 87.5 percent of them. Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas) led the Bighorns with 22 points and seven rebounds. Murphy (18), Anthony Richardson (16), Garrett Temple (14) and Antoine Wright (14) all recorded double-digit points for the Horns. The Jam were led by Stephen Dennis (6'6''-G-87, college: Kutztown), who had 24 points and 6 rebounds. Atlanta Hawks' assignee had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Bakersfield. Damion James (6'7''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) added 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Bighorns will now hit the road for the first time this season, as they take on the affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles D-Fenders this Thursday and Saturday. Reno will return home on January 4th against the Sioux Falls SkyForce. Courtesy of: kolotv.com
Maine RC - Canton C. 103-90 Seven players scored nine points or more. The point guard recorded 10 assists. It is not a coincidence. Maine Red Claws point guard Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) played one of his finer games in what he hopes is a short NBA D-League career, leading Maine to a 103-90 win Sunday over the Canton Charge. Mack scored 18 points, including three of four 3-pointers, to go with his 10 assists and five rebounds. An NBA backup last season, the 6-foot-2 Mack continues to demonstrate why the Red Claws drafted him in the first round (fourth overall) in the D-League draft. He kept Maine's offense humming against the Charge. "He's our the floor general," said 6-7 forward Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88, college: Syracuse), who led all scorers with 21 points. " (Mack) does a great job of getting guys involved, especially guys he feels should be more aggressive. He gets the guys in good situations to score." Joseph, one of two Boston Celtics on the Red Claws, has experienced the Portland-Boston I-95 shuttle often this season. Just this past week, he was recalled by the Celtics on Tuesday, and then sent back to Maine Friday. "It's nice to go (to Boston) and hang out with the guys," Joseph said. "But I also like being here and playing and getting my reps in." Maine's other Celtic, 7-foot center Fab Melo, missed his second straight game because of a strained quadriceps. With the win, Maine's third straight, the Red Claws improved to 5-2 and continue to lead the D-League's East. Sunday's performance was thorough as Maine never trailed after the first quarter and stretched its lead by as much as 25 over Canton (2-5). "Really pleased with the effort," Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor said. "To get three wins in four days is fantastic. Right now the team is in a very good place." On defense, Maine held Canton's three starting guards to 3-for-21 shooting. Mack and Xavier Silas applied much of the pressure in the back court. "We're just playing hard," Silas said. "When I come in, I just pick up (on defense) full court and trying to disrupt their offense. We just had a good effort all around on defense." Besides Joseph and Mack, Maine was led by newly-acquired forward DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) (15 points), center Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary) (14) and guards Micah Downs (13) and Silas (11). Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown) grabbed eight rebounds and scored nine points (while going 1 for 5 at the foul line). "Six guys in double figures. Could have been seven if Chris Wright could make a free throw," Taylor said with a smile. Canton was without 6-8 forward Kevin Jones, who was recalled by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jones had been leading the team with a 23.6-point average. The Cavs did send down 6-10 forward Jon Leuer, a second-year NBA player. Leuer notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Iowa E. - Erie Bay H. 104-92 On the heels of the worst home loss in franchise history, Iowa Energy coach Kevin Young and point guard Chris Wright found a way to keep their team on its toes. Young made Justin Hurtt (6'5''-G-88, college: Tulsa) and Nick Murphy (6'4''-G/F-88, college: Jacksonville St.) his starting wings Sunday, surrounding Wright with a junkyard dog and a cool cat. Together, they propelled Iowa to a 104-92 victory over the Erie Bayhawks before an announced crowd of 2,906 at Wells Fargo Arena. Wright had a game-high 31 points and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes. He got to the basket with ease, then hit long-range jump shots, and finally found his way to the free-throw line 10 times, answering every adjustment Erie made. 'In shootaround, and (Saturday) in the film, the coaches were adamant about, Attack, attack, attack. Put pressure on their bigs and see what comes up,' ' Wright said. 'Something positive came up, and I just stayed with it. Then they started sagging off and I started pulling up, and the rest is history.' Iowa (2-3) was demolished in its building 111-74 by Texas on Friday. Less than 48 hours later, with a five-game road trip looming, the Energy returned in full desperation mode. Wright kept things steady in the first half, which ended with Erie (2-4) leading 44-42. Murphy, Wright's fellow team captain, provided the intensity. And then Hurtt arrived in the third quarter, scoring 18 points in that decisive frame after going scoreless in the first half. The team's first-round draft pick finished with 30 points. Hurtt hit his initial 3-pointer in the second half, then passed on a shot from the arc the next trip downcourt, dribbling inside and losing the ball out of bounds. Young admonished him to shoot the ball. The message took hold. 'I'm still trying to figure him out. He's a guy where it's all confidence with him,' Young said. 'Part of basketball is a psychology thing. You've got to get in these guys' heads and figure them out. That's part of the reason I started him tonight. Maybe it didn't click until the second half. Maybe tonight will be a real sign to him that he can play in this league.' Murphy, one of two holdovers from last year's Energy team, received some motivation from his coach as well. Young let him know that, statistically, he had the worst defensive rebounding percentage on the team, goading him into getting back to the no-holds-barred dynamo he was at times last year. Murphy responded with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals. 'I think Nick was MVP today,' Wright said. 'He's just a workhorse. He's one of those players who doesn't need plays called for him to be into the game. He has a knack for being around the ball.' The only negative for Iowa was guard Mustapha Farrakhan being limited to 5 minutes after pulling a hamstring. Young didn't have a prognosis for him yet. But he did have a healthy appreciation for what Wright, Hurtt and Murphy provided his team. 'I don't know if you can have a must-win five games in, but tonight was basically a must-win,' Young said. 'I didn't tell them that. I told them all but that. But they knew. 'I was so embarrassed of that performance (Friday). And I felt like how we were going to respond to that embarrassment that we put on the floor was going to be critical.' Courtesy of: desmoinesregister.com
Tulsa 66ers - Rio Grande VV 85-81 Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Tulsa 66ers defeat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 85-81 at the Spirit Bank Event Center. It was Tulsa's second win over Rio Grande Valley in as many days. 66ers Center Daniel Orton (6'10''-F-90, college: Kentucky), an Oklahoma City native, posted a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) which overshadows a poor night of shooting from the floor; knocking down just 3 of 11 field goal attempts. Despite trailing after two quarters, Tulsa's 28 points in the third would be enough to take a 4-point lead. It continued through the entire fourth quarter with Tulsa leading by as much as 8 points. The 66ers now travel to Bakersfield, California for two games against the Jam. The first game is scheduled for Friday evening followed by a second game on the following night. Courtesy of: ktul.com
The Santa Cruz Warriors set a pair of franchise marks against the Reno Bighorns on Friday. Only one of them was positive. After holding the host Bighorns to just 11 points in the first quarter - an all-time low for the Warriors - Santa Cruz blew its largest lead when it allowed Reno to erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 109-108 victory. The game was held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where the NBA's Kings - the Bighorns' affiliate - compete. Kings players Tyreke Evans, Buddy H... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors set a pair of franchise marks against the Reno Bighorns on Friday. Only one of them was positive. After holding the host Bighorns to just 11 points in the first quarter - an all-time low for the Warriors - Santa Cruz blew its largest lead when it allowed Reno to erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 109-108 victory. The game was held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where the NBA's Kings - the Bighorns' affiliate - compete. Kings players Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Kosta Koufos, Skal Labissiere and Garrett Temple were in attendance, as was general manager Vlade Divac. Georgios Papagiannis (7'2''-C-97), another Kings player who was on assignment with Reno (13-23), recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Bighorns' come-from-behind victory. His pair of free throws with 2:31 remaining in regulation supplied Reno its first lead of the game. The Warriors never reclaimed the lead. No player was more key to the comeback than Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson), however. Neal dropped a game-high 41 points - making all 15 of his free-throw attempts - to go along with eight rebounds and five steals. He shot of 12 of 20 from the field in 40 minutes. The 25-point lead, which Santa Cruz grabbed early in the second quarter after a Cleanthony Early (6'8''-F-91, college: Wichita St.) layup made it a 36-11 game, topped the 22-point lead the Warriors had in their January 2014 loss to Fort Wayne. The 11 points allowed in the first quarter, meanwhile, bested the 12 points Santa Cruz surrendered to Canton in January 2015. Little of what transpired Friday made sense for the Warriors, who led 34-11 after the first quarter. Although it did have 17 turnovers to Reno's 12, Santa Cruz made 18 3-pointers. Then again, it also took 47 attempts from behind the arc. James Southerland led the Warriors with 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He was 5 of 11 from 3-point range, while LaDontae Henton was 7 of 13 for 23 points. Scott Wood (6'6''-F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) chimed in with 13 points and Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) had 12 points and 10 assists. Early had 11 points for the Warriors (19-17). Santa Cruz led 54-37 at halftime. However, it was outscored 72-54 in the second half. The Bighorns went on a 17-7 run to start the third quarter, bringing the deficit to seven. The Warriors' lead was later five points, but Santa Cruz managed to nevertheless hold an 87-78 lead on Reno entering the final stanza. The Bighorns scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, with Neal alone depositing 23 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Golden State center Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt), who was assigned to Santa Cruz earlier in the day, finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Austin Spurs Defeat Sioux Falls Skyforce 122-105 - 2 days ago
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The Austin Spurs (16-19), presented by SWBC, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-14), 122-105, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Thursday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) set a new team season-high with 36 points (13-17 FG, 6-8 3P, 4-4 FT) and paced the Spurs with 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Charles Garcia contribut... [read more]
The Austin Spurs (16-19), presented by SWBC, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-14), 122-105, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Thursday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) set a new team season-high with 36 points (13-17 FG, 6-8 3P, 4-4 FT) and paced the Spurs with 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Charles Garcia contributed 15 points (5-9 FG, 5-10 FT), 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 21 minutes off the bench. In his first game back from All-Star Weekend, Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90, college: Baylor) recorded his thirteenth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Austin held the lead throughout the game, up by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. The Spurs finished the half ahead 63-50, paced by Forbes' 27 points. In the second half, Sioux Falls attempted a comeback, but could only pull within 12 points. For the night, Austin shot .547 from the field and .476 from beyond the arc, while holding Sioux Falls to .411 and .200, respectively. For Sioux Falls, Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) finished with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in 33 minutes, while Bubu Palo (6'1''-G-91, college: Iowa St.) chipped in with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
In their first game back from the all-star break, the D-Fenders fell to the Texas Legends on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper Arena, 135-120. Los Angeles (27-9) was led by 22 points from Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette), who added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rookie David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for his seventh double-double of the season. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Troy DeVr... [read more]
In their first game back from the all-star break, the D-Fenders fell to the Texas Legends on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper Arena, 135-120. Los Angeles (27-9) was led by 22 points from Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette), who added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rookie David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for his seventh double-double of the season. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Troy DeVries (6'4''-G-82, college: N.Mexico) each chipped in 14 points for the away team, and Josh Magette helped to facilitate the offense with his 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Newly-acquired center DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F/C-89, college: Pittsburgh) finished with four points, four rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes of action. Texas (16-18) was guided by a 30-point, 14-rebound performance from Jameel Warney, while C.J. Williams (6'5''-G-90, college: N.Carolina St.) led all scorers with 32 points. Pierre Jackson followed closely with 20 points and 12 assists. Former D-Fenders Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) (22 points, nine rebounds) and Stephane Lasme (6'8''-C-82, college: Massachusetts) (11 points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the home team's double-digit scorers. The D-Fenders trailed 72-69 at halftime, despite 18 first-half points from Blue. A lopsided third quarter proved costly for Los Angeles as the team was outscored 35-21 out of the break. The Legends led by as much as 23 in the third period - their largest lead of the day - before maintaining a double-digit margin for the remainder of the evening. Overall, Los Angeles shot 41.9 percent from the field but connected on only 27.0 percent of their three-point attempts. Powered by a starting unit that combined for 115 points, Texas converted on 52.7 percent of their attempts on the day. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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