Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 84-95 The Los Angeles D-Fenders fell in the second game of a back-to-back versus the Bakersfield Jam, dropping a 95-84 contest at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night. Despite playing to a 15-15 tie eight minutes into the game, the D-Fenders trailed 27-20 after the first quarter and 48-34 at halftime. Dropping behind by as many as 25, the D-Fenders scored the last six points of the third quarter to enter the final frame down 75-56. The D-Fenders began the fourth quarter on a 22-8 run to pull within five points, but the late rally attempt came up short. Playing their fourth game and second set of back-to-back contests this week, the D-Fenders (6-10) were led by Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU), who tallied a game-high 24 points (15 points in fourth quarter) and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB), who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Additionally, Courtney Fortson registered 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Jarrid Famous posted 10 points to go with nine rebounds, and Gary Flowers chipped in 10 points along with eight rebounds for the D-Fenders. Bakersfield (13-7) was paced by James Nunnally (6'7''-G/F-90, college: UCSB) (22 points, 7 rebounds), Jerel McNeal (15 points), Brian Butch (14 points, 18 rebounds) and Adam Koch (13 points, 10 rebounds). Phoenix Suns assignee Diante Garrett also contributed 11 points and four assists for the Jam. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Canton C. - Iowa E. 86-103 The Charge's six-game winning streak came to a crashing halt Saturday night. That crashing sound was the basketball hammering into the rim on Canton's shot attempts during the fourth quarter. The Charge went stone cold in the final period and fell to the Iowa Energy 103-86 at Memorial Civic Center. A crowd of 3,518 would have watched Canton move into a tie for first place in the East Division with a win. Instead, it was Iowa surging in the fourth quarter and snapping a four-game losing streak. Six Energy players scored in double figures to prevail in a sloppy game that featured 39 combined turnovers. 'The frustrating thing tonight is we quit,' Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. 'Most of us quit well before the game was over. The success we've had the past couple of weeks is because we kept the effort high and grinded it out at the end.' The Charge went scoreless for the first 6:19 of the fourth quarter, missing their first eight shots from the field and getting buried by a 15-0 Iowa run. Momentum swung quickly and decisively as missed shots on the offensive end seemed to sap the Charge's will to defend on the other. 'They're jump shots,' Jensen said. 'They're early, open jump shots, and that's the danger of them. ... . And I don't mind that we took them. But I told the team after, if you base your games on hitting or missing jump shots, you're probably not going to have a very good career.' The Charge trailed 86-72 by the time they made that elusive first bucket, a 3-pointer by Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific). That didn't exactly open the floodgates. The Charge shot 3-of-17 overall in the fourth quarter. Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor)'s bucket, the fourth look on the possession, gave Iowa a 73-72 lead early in the fourth. Darius Miller knocked down a 3-pointer on Iowa's next possession. The Energy would score on seven straight possessions to grab control. 'If we're getting stops, at least we have a chance toward the end,' Charge guard Antoine Agudio lamented. Iowa is more talented than its 6-11 record would indicate. NBA assignees Darius Miller and Quincy Miller-Scott joined the D-League's top assist man (Chris Wright (6'1''-PG-89, college: Georgetown)), third-leading rebounder (Paul Harris) and fifth-leading scorer (Morris Almond) entering Saturday's game. Wright led Iowa with 21 points, while Almond added 20. Harris grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Iowa to a 44-41 edge on the boards. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com
Austin T. - Texas L. 105-87 The Austin Toros jumped out to a 9-0 advantage over the Texas Legends and led wire-to-wire Sunday night for a 105-87 victory, their fourth straight in NBA D-League play. Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) led the Toros with 27 points. He has led the team in scoring each of the past four games, averaging 25 points over that span. 'I've got to give all the credit to my teammates. They're finding me in the right spots,' Joseph said. 'Being down here for a little longer, they start to know my game, I'm starting to know their game, so we're gelling.' Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) added 25 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Twenty of his points were in the first half, when the Toros built a 52-39 lead. Austin is 11-5 with Dentmon in the lineup and 0-4 without the reigning D-League Most Valuable Player. 'I'm just really excited with how our guys are playing,' coach Taylor Jenkins said. 'We had a really tough losing streak, four in a row, six out of seven. Things could have really gone in the wrong direction.' The Legends got to within three points in the third quarter, but the Toros always had an answer. Austin pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Legends 26-13. Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-89, college: Syracuse) and Tyler Wilkerson (6'8''-F-88, college: Marshall) each had double-doubles. Jackson had 16 points and 16 rebounds; he has had a double-double in five straight games. 'I figure if I get rebounds, I've got a better chance of getting called up,' Jackson said. 'As far as the offense, the offense will come just by me going out there and rebounding.' Wilkerson had 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Toros had lost their last four games at Cedar Park Center before Sunday. Jenkins still likes the advantage his team has playing before the home fans. 'They really give us a lot of energy,' Jenkins said. 'When we make the big plays, you can see the crowd erupt, and we just kind of feed off of that. It's nice to sleep in your own bed too every now and then.' Austin will go on the road for two games at Tulsa before returning home Jan. 25 to play Idaho. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: statesman.com
Santa Cruz W. - Tulsa 66ers 92-80 A five-point deficit felt like 500 points. But once the Santa Cruz Warriors overcame it, the floodgates opened. The Warriors overcame their halftime deficit and used defense in the fourth quarter to rally past the Tulsa 66ers 92-80 on Sunday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-PG-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri) scored a game-high 25 points, 13 coming in the second half as he helped the Warriors stay unbeaten in six games at their new home on 140 Front St. Down 59-54 with 4:39 to go in the third quarter, Hannah hit an in-your-face contested jumper. He then spotted up for a three-pointer, and the Warriors were back even with the 66ers with 4:20 remaining in the quarter. Hannah then faced another enemy, the shot clock, as it was winding down to zero with 2:15 to go. No problem. He let it rip, and a three-pointer swished in, sending the crowd into a frenzy as the Warriors regained the lead at 62-61. It was then Daniel Nwaelele who later ended the third quarter with a flash, sinking a three-pointer with 25 seconds to go to give the Warriors a 67-65 advantage. Lance Goulbourne gave the Warriors the lead for good with a three pointer from the wing, as the Warriors grabbed a 74-71 lead with 9:27 to go in the fourth quarter. Tulsa did its best to answer quickly, but the Warriors' defense stepped up. With the win, the Warriors improved to 11-6. The win was their second on the season. Tulsa fell back to below .500 at 9-10. The Warriors were plagued by foul trouble in the first half, and that allowed the 66ers, the affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, to maintain its advantage. Santa Cruz got to within five a couple of times, but Tulsa did just enough to answer each time. With 2:12 to go in the first half, the Warriors thought they were going to be within five, as Hannah led a fast break. He served up an alley oop to Taylor Griffin, who slammed it home, but the officials called Griffin for grabbing the rim too early, offensive goaltending. Both teams scored 23 points in the second quarter. As the Warriors got in a bucket, Tulsa went back to the other end and responded. The 66ers led 49-41 at half. This was one of the rare D-League games where neither team had an NBA player on assignment. The 66ers' two NBA assignment players from Friday night, Perry Jones and Daniel Orton, were called up to the team a day after playing for Tulsa. Andrew Rautins (6'4''-G-86, college: Syracuse), the 66ers guard, torched the Warriors in the first half. He finished the first half with 12 points, the only Tulsa player to reach double figures in scoring at the intermission. The 66ers players pounded the inside, leaving Andrew Rautins open to take three-point opportunities. He was 3 for 8 from behind the arc in the first half. Hannah was the lone Santa Cruz player in double figures at the half, scoring 12 points. He was feeling it early, nailing back-to-back three-point attempts to get the Warriors on the board. But much like the rest of the squad, the Warriors were slowed by Tulsa's offense and a load of foul calls. There were 26 total fouls in the first half, the Warriors getting tagged for 15. While Hannah adjusted in the second half, the Warriors adjusted on Andrew Rautins, who only had four second-half points. Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) had 18 points, and Cameron Jones had 11 points. Griffin had six points, nine rebounds and five assists. Courtesy of: register-pajaronian.com
Sioux Falls S. - Rio Grande VV 98-102 The Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 102-98 Saturday night. Sioux Falls had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after trailing by 17 points with under four minutes to go in the third quarter but Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84, college: Syracuse)' 3-pointer rimmed out and Houston Rockets assignee Terrence Jones converted 1-of-2 free throws to ice the game. Rio Grande Valley (10-8) made three 3-pointers in the first two minutes to jump out to a quick 9-0 lead. They pushed the lead to 18 points (24-6) midway through the opening quarter and it appeared that they would cruise to victory. Sioux Falls (10-10) chipped away at the lead in the second quarter and tied the game at 50 apiece on a Chris Davis jumper with a minute left in the first half. Rio Grande Valley pushed the lead back to 17 points in the third quarter and led 80-73 heading into the fourth. They led 88-78 with 8:54 to go in the contest but Sioux Falls went on a 12-4 run to get within two points (92-90). Nichols got a good look to tie the game with 3.9 seconds left but it would not drop as Sioux Falls lost its fourth straight game. Jones finished with a team-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. Chris Johnson posted 17 and seven rebounds while Houston Rockets assignee Patrick Beverly and Andrew Goudelock each scored 16. Mychel Thompson had a solid all-around game with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Damian Saunders and Gabe Pruitt contributed 19 and 18 points off the bench, respectively. Rio Grande Valley returns home to face Reno on Thursday night. Courtesy of: themonitor.com
Idaho S. - Reno B. 120-95 Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89, college: Colorado), starting for Idaho for the first time since being acquired earlier this month, had 21 points, and Justin Holiday (6'6''-F-89, college: Washington) added 28 off the bench as the Idaho Stampede beat the Reno Bighorns 120-95. Coby Karl added eight points, 11 assists and two blocks for the Stampede (5-15). Idaho grabbed 68 total rebounds, including 20 on the offensive end. The Stampede led by as many as 33 and got off to a rocking start, making 18-of-24 shots in the first quarter, taking a 44-23 lead at the end of the first. Courtesy of: idahopress.com
Maine RC - Springfield A. 116-107 If the Maine Red Claws really wanted to regain first place in the NBA D-League East Division, they were going to have to shake free of the last-place Springfield Armor on Saturday night. It wasn't easy. Maine enjoyed double-doubles from DaJuan Summers (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgetown) and Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) to beat the Armor 116-107 before a sold-out crowd of 3,045 at the Portland Expo. Maine (13-8) moved into first place in the East. Both Erie (10-7) and Canton (12-9) lost Saturday. Springfield (5-13) remains in the cellar of the division. Summers scored 26 points and added 11 rebounds. Mack, in his first game at the Expo since returning from the Washington Wizards, recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds. Micah Downs, with 4 of 7 3-pointers, scored 24. Fab Melo scored 12 points, including some key baskets down the stretch, and collected eight rebounds and six blocked shots. Melo returned Friday after missing two weeks with a concussion. With Mack and Melo back, and newly signed backup point guard Andre Barrett, the Red Claws are humming. "I love the depth of the team now," Red Claws Coach Mike Taylor said. "We survived our time with eight guys. Now we have a lot of good guys, a lot of weapons." Springfield, like everyone in the D-League, is constantly looking to improve, tweaking its roster here and there. "We're like a stew right now," Springfield Coach Bob MacKinnon said before the game. "We're trying to throw everyone in the pot and get them going. So we'll see." The Armor went back and forth with Maine. Through three quarters there were 14 lead changes and 13 ties. And when Dennis Horner drove in for a layup with 7:55 remaining, Springfield led, 90-88. Maine missed a shot. Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) rebounded and scored on his own drive for a 92-88 lead with 7:24 left. Uzoh led Springfield with 20 points. Maine, with Mack directing the charge, kept attacking. The Red Claws hit three straight 3-pointers, one from Chris Ayer and two from Downs. Maine led 97-92 and never trailed again. Mack carried no chip on his shoulder when he returned to the D-League after the Wizards released him Monday. "It wasn't difficult," Mack said, "especially coming back to a place like Maine. I'm able to come right back and fit in, and play the way I play." Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Texas L. - Austin T. 92-99 The Austin Toros got a on a much-needed win streak and defeated Central Division leader Texas Legends 99-92 Saturday night. The Toros (10-9) have won their last three games. The Toros led by 11 points at halftime and kept the Legends at bay in the second half, holding Texas to 35 percent shooting for the game. The Toros shot 53 percent as a team and led the Legends in both assists and rebounds. The Toros were led by former Longhorn Cory Joseph, who scored 30 points and shot 73 percent from the field. Tyler Wilkerson added 15 points and 12 rebounds to the Toros effort. Legends guard Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) had 26 points in the loss. The Toros are now third in the Central Division and trail Texas (11-7) by 1 games. The two teams meet today at the Cedar Park center for a 5 p.m. tip-off. Courtesy of: statesman.com
Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 84-112 The Mad Ants' road show continues to deliver big numbers and wins. Fort Wayne won its seventh straight game and evened its record at 10-10 with a 112-84 win over the Erie BayHawks on Saturday at Tulio Arena. It is the longest winning streak in the Ants' six seasons in the NBA Development League. The Ants have not lost since acquiring former Notre Dame standout Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame). Harangody came through again Saturday, scoring 19 points with 21 rebounds. Anthony Richardson, acquired two days before Harangody, led the Ants with 30 points. Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F-92, college: Alabama) scored 22 points, Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) scored 17 points with five assists and Sadiel Rojas added 13 points with seven rebounds. Fort Wayne returns to action with a road game at the Los Angeles D-Fenders this Wednesday. That game will feature the debut of Milwaukee Bucks rookie Doron Lamb, who was assigned to the Mad Ants on Saturday. Lamb played last season for the national champion University of Kentucky Wildcats. Courtesy of: news-sentinel.com
Iowa E. - Canton C. 84-93 Less than 19 hours after both teams met in Canton the previous night, the Canton Charge topped the Iowa Energy 93-84 at the Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. The win improved Canton to 13-9 and gives them a 2-1 edge in the season series between the two teams, while Iowa dropped to 6-12. The Charge would never trail throughout the entire second half and led by as many as 16 at one point. Canton's defense locked down in the third quarter, allowing just 15 points by the Energy on 6-of-18 shooting. The Charge also capitalized on many of their high-percentage scoring opportunities with 30 of their 43 second-half points coming in the paint. On the heels of one of his best performances of the season Saturday, Micheal Eric (6'11''-F/C-88, college: Temple) exceeded his season-best points total for the second night in a row, notching his sixth double-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes to lead the Charge. Dominique Johnson finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. Jorge Gutierrez contributed 13 points, and Antoine Agudio and Kyle Gibson each added 11 points for the Charge. JaJuan Johnson had four blocks and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. Iowa was led by Paul Harris' 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes of relief off the bench. It was Harris' second double-double in as many nights off the bench against Canton. Chris Wright scored 16 points with eight assists and two blocks. Canton will next return home for a back-to-back set with the Springfield Armor on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Civic Center. Courtesy of: cantonrep.com
Fort Wayne Mad Ants welcome back Bentil - 5 hours ago
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Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 st... [read more]
Fort Wayne Mad Ants tabbed 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). It is actually his comeback to Fort Wayne Mad Ants as he has played here before. Bentil played recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 11 games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in only one CBA game he had very impressive stats: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (51st overall). The former Providence College staris in his first season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time. Bentil has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers).
Marcus Simmons (ex Phoenix) signs at Drive - 5 hours ago
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Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Te... [read more]
Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (88th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Simmons played in the final of D-League in 2015. He received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time. Simmons has played previously professionally in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs) and D-League (Canton Charge).
D-Fenders Acquire Player Rights to Juwan Staten - 1 day 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
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